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My Conversation with Egyptian Filmmaker Magdy Ahmed Ali


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Hatem (Amr Saad), a moderate young preacher in Cairo, becomes a television celebrity with millions of fans. This makes him a perfect tool for government manipulation on a mass scale, as his eloquence and wit are employed by key figures in the Egyptian state to influence policy and religious practice. However, when the cameras are off, bloody struggles for state power rage, and as Hatem tries to stay out of political and sectarian disputes, his personal and professional life become increasingly consumed by the complex tapestry of Egyptian politics. Based on a novel by the same name, Mawlana by Ibrahim Issa, the story offers a critique of power, corruption, and fundamentalism in Egyptian society. In addition, this dark and convincing film highlights the importance of media in the production of political and religious agendas.

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Mohannad Ghonammah, Mizna Arab Film Festival, Twin Cities,

The 9th edition of the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival will take place November 6–9, 2014. For the first time, the festival is partnering with The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and will hold all screenings at St….

he 9th edition of the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival will take place November 6–9, 2014. For the first time, the festival is partnering with The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul and will hold all screenings at St.Anthony Main

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