Starting today, director Amr Salama's film Sheikh Jackson will screen five times at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival (7-17 September), where it will premiere within the Special Presentations programme. Sheikh Jackson has also been selected as the closing film of the programme.
The events of the film take us back to June 25, 2009 as the news of Michael Jackson's death took the world by storm affecting many, especially a preacher who is dubbed "Jackson" during his school days. But, what does a preacher have in common with the King of Pop? More importantly, can he now go back to his normal life, or will his memories and relationships with his loved ones raise the most prominent question in his mind? Is he the Sheikh, Jackson, or both?
Co-produced by The Producers, Film Clinic and iProductions with Daniel Ziskind as Associate Producer, Sheikh Jackson is written and directed by Amr Salama and co-written by Omar Khaled. The film stars Ahmad Al Fishawy, Maged El Kedwany, Ahmed Malek, and Amina Khalil. The film will also feature several guest stars, including Dorra, Basma, and Mahmoud El-Bezzawy. The German company Media Luna is responsible for distributing the film outside the Arab world. MAD Solutions handles the film's marketing and has also designed the Sheikh Jackson poster that is now used regionally and internationally.
Screening Times of Sheikh Jackson at Toronto International Film Festival (GMT-4)
Monday, September 11th at 1:15 pm
Wednesday, September 13th at 11:00 am
Friday, September 15th at 6:00 pm
Saturday, September 16th at 5:45 pm
Sunday, September 17th at 9:00 am