Filmfest 2017

Sheikh Hatem (Amr Saad) stands out in a society influenced by fundamentalist views. From leading the prayers at a government mosque to becoming a popular TV celebrity issuing fatwas that deviate from the traditional religious rhetoric, he has amassed millions of fans. His responses on TV reveal a witty and eloquent person against a backdrop of darkness, where power struggles rage. Hatem finds himself caught within a complex web of conflict - his personal life unravels and he tries to stay above the politics of institutions. When he is entangled in a delicate matter, he has to find a way to make a dent in the climate of hypocrisy and fear.

tags: Arab World, Humor, Politics, Religion, Feature film

Cast: Amr Saad, Dorra Zarrouk, Ahmed Magdy, Reham Haggag, Bayoumi Fouad


Screenplay: Magdy Ahmed Ali

Original Material: Ibrahim Issa

Director of Photography: Ahmad Bishari

Film Editor: Soulafa Noureddin

Composer: Adel Hakki

Costume Design: Hend Haidar

Sound: Mohammad Fawzi

Producer: Amgad Sabri

Production Company: iproductions

World Sales: Cedars Art Production (Sabbah Brothers)

Director: Magdy Ahmed Ali


Magdy Ahmed Ali is a director, writer and producer. He studied at the Higher Institute of Cinema and worked closely as an assistant director with leading Arab directors including Mohamad Khan and Youssef Chahine. Ali's first film YA DUNIA YA GHARAMI (O LIFE, MY PASSION, 1996) won the Best Film and Best Actress awards at the Montreal World Film Festival. His filmography includes AL BATAL (The Hero, 1997), ), the multi-award winning ASSRAR EL BANAT (A GIRL'S SECRET, 2001), KHALTET FAWZIYAH (FAWZEYA'S SECRET RECIPE, 2008) and AASSAFEER AL JANNA (THE NILE BIRDS, 2009).