Mawlana (The Preacher)


Friday, Nov. 3 at 5:15pm
Sunday, Nov. 12 at 12:15pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

A charismatic young sheikh moves from leading prayers in a governmental mosque to becoming a TV celebrity. Deviating from the usual religious rhetoric in a society heavily influenced by fundamentalism, Sheikh Hatem (Amr Saad) issues fatwas that are accepted by the millions who have become fans. As Hatem’s popularity ascends, however, bloody struggles for power rage around him, and he finds himself caught in a complex network of conflict. Problems multiply on the personal front — his son is abroad receiving medical attention, his wife treats him coldly — and security institutions try to exert control over him to serve their interests. A crisis point is reached when the president calls on Hatem to persuade his willful son — who’s threatening to convert to Christianity — to remain a Muslim. “An unorthodox TV preacher speaks out about the unholy alliance between religion and state in a bold Egyptian political thriller,” writes the Hollywood Reporter. “Few Arab films have dared to confront the sinister interplay between government and Islam as boldly as ‘The Preacher (Mawlana).’ Capturing the dark atmosphere of the times, director Magdi Ahmed Ali brings Ibrahim Issa’s 2012 novel ‘Mawlana/Our Master’ to the screen with verve, emotion and a welcome dose of humor.”

130 min.

Directed by

Magdi Ahmed Ali

Film Category

Interfaith Competition International Spotlight Middle Eastern Focus