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Filmfest DC - The Preacher

Run Time: 120 Minutes

AMERICAN PREMIERE

The Preacher

Magdy Ahmed Ali

Egypt, 2016

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

Event Details

Filmfest DC - The Preacher
Sunday, April 23, 2017 5:00 PM
Landmark E Street Cinema  
Door Time: 5:00 PM
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Ticket Options

General Admission - USD $13.00

Discount Packages

Packages offered through advance sale only unless otherwise noted. To purchase a package, please follow the links below:

Director's Package:
10 tickets for $100 ($130 value) plus $5.00 convenience fee
Weekday Package:
4 tickets for $45 ($52 value) plus $3.00 convenience fee

Event Map

Landmark E Street Cinema  
555 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20004