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CIRCLE AWARD, AMERICAN PREMIERE

The Preacher

Mawlana

MAGDY AHMED ALI
Egypt, 2016
120 minutes, Color
Official website

A celebrity imam? Why not, as the first few rat-a-tat minutes of writer-director Magdy Ahmed Ali's provocative new Egyptian drama The Preacher (adapted from Ibrahim Eissa's best-selling novel) charts the mercurial rise of charismatic moderate Sheikh Hatem (Amr Saad), who parlays his slick yet committed message into a loving family, lavish lifestyle, and popular television program. When his young son goes into a coma and the government takes an interest in his growing influence by attempting to manipulate his teachings, the Muslim preacher finds his faith sorely tested. Glossy and propulsive on a technical level, the film nevertheless succeeds primarily as a showcase for the exuberant yet finely calibrated performance of its lead actor and his forceful articulation of the often byzantine issues separating Sunni from Shia. This is a strategically commercial take on urgent issues of religion versus power.—Eddie Cockrell

In Arabic with English subtitles

CIRCLE AWARD, AMERICAN PREMIERE

The Preacher

Mawlana

MAGDY AHMED ALI
Egypt, 2016
120 minutes, Color
Official website

A celebrity imam? Why not, as the first few rat-a-tat minutes of writer-director Magdy Ahmed Ali's provocative new Egyptian drama The Preacher (adapted from Ibrahim Eissa's best-selling novel) charts the mercurial rise of charismatic moderate Sheikh Hatem (Amr Saad), who parlays his slick yet committed message into a loving family, lavish lifestyle, and popular television program. When his young son goes into a coma and the government takes an interest in his growing influence by attempting to manipulate his teachings, the Muslim preacher finds his faith sorely tested. Glossy and propulsive on a technical level, the film nevertheless succeeds primarily as a showcase for the exuberant yet finely calibrated performance of its lead actor and his forceful articulation of the often byzantine issues separating Sunni from Shia. This is a strategically commercial take on urgent issues of religion versus power.—Eddie Cockrell

In Arabic with English subtitles


Sunday, April 23
5:00 PM
$14.00 at the theater
Wednesday, April 26
6:30 PM
- $14.00 at the theater

Trailers may not have subtitles but all of our foreign language films do.
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