Friday, June 15, 2018
8:00 pm–9:40 pm
Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161)
Ticket Required

Directed by Amr Salama (Egypt, 2017, 93 min.). Digital. Arabic with English subtitles.

It’s June 25, 2009, and the news of Michael Jackson's death has taken the world by storm, deeply affecting fans all over the world—including Khaled, an Egyptian Islamic cleric whose nickname was “Jackson” during his school days because of his love for the King of Pop. The superstar’s death sparks a crisis of faith and emotions for Khaled, who is transported back to his MTV-saturated youth when he worshipped (and emulated) the pop star’s every move. Khaled discovers that his reverence for Jackson has roots in his troubled childhood. Can he reconcile his religious calling with his deep-seated infatuation with pop music?

Told in a tender tone with loving comic touches, this feel-good drama profiles an everyday hero who has the courage to seek out a meaningful life by starting with the man in the mirror. Sheikh Jackson was Egypt’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards.

Co-presented with The Boston Palestine Film Festival.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

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