Please join your DMP colleagues for Sheikh Ahmad at the Cleveland International Film Festival Sunday, April 8, 2018 6:50 PM at Tower City Cinemas
When purchasing your tickets, please use the code CSU to obtain $2 off your ticket to any of the films at the festival.
Sheikh Jackson Directed by Amr Salama— Synopsis
A conservative Islamic cleric has a mental breakdown over an unlikely event: the death of pop legend Michael Jackson. For years, Khaled’s been strongly opposed to western influence. He scoffs at women who don’t dress in the traditional garb in public. In one scene in SHEIKH JACKSON, he discovers his daughter watching Beyonce´ videos on YouTube and quickly shuts off their internet. However, Khaled has a secret. As a teen, he was obsessed with the King of Pop—so much so that he dressed the part, grew his hair out, and learned every dance move. His father, who ignorantly referred to Jackson as a transvestite, certainly didn’t approve. He killed his son’s confidence with jabs about him being a sissy. Eventually Khaled moved in with his uncle, who trained him to be a strict imam. With Jackson’s passing, he’s now faced with an identity crisis. Has he been living his life only to please others? Who is the real Khaled? SHEIKH JACKSON is a fun ride, filled with hilarious moments and impressive moonwalking. But its genuine message about staying true to yourself is also incredibly profound. (In Arabic with subtitles) —E.F. SHEIKH JACKSON was selected as Egypt’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards®.
Trailer of the film can be viewed at the URL’s below: