Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

Sheikh Jackson


Year: 2017
Country: EGYPT
Run Time: 90 minutes

Sheikh Jackson
Sheikh Jackson
Sheikh Jackson
Sheikh Jackson


A conservative Islamic cleric has a mental breakdown over an unlikely event: the death of pop legend Michael Jackson. For years, Khaled’s been strongly opposed to western influence. He scoffs at women who don’t dress in the traditional garb in public. In one scene in SHEIKH JACKSON, he discovers his daughter watching Beyonce´ videos on YouTube and quickly shuts off their internet. However, Khaled has a secret. As a teen, he was obsessed with the King of Pop—so much so that he dressed the part, grew his hair out, and learned every dance move. His father, who ignorantly referred to Jackson as a transvestite, certainly didn’t approve. He killed his son’s confidence with jabs about him being a sissy. Eventually Khaled moved in with his uncle, who trained him to be a strict imam. With Jackson’s passing, he’s now faced with an identity crisis. Has he been living his life only to please others? Who is the real Khaled? SHEIKH JACKSON is a fun ride, filled with hilarious moments and impressive moonwalking. But its genuine message about staying true to yourself is also incredibly profound. (In Arabic with subtitles) —E.F.

SHEIKH JACKSON was selected as Egypt’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film for this year’s Academy Awards®.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 05, 2018 at 11:40 AM

Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 6:50 PM

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 1:15 PM

African Diaspora
Voices of the Arab World

Music Movies Competition


Amr Salama

Amr Salama is an Egyptian filmmaker, blogger, screenwriter, and author. Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1982, he later moved with his family back to Egypt. Salama has directed several commercials, awareness campaigns, music videos, documentary films, short films, and television series, and he has received numerous awards for his work.

Zay el naharda (2008), Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Politician (2011), Asmaa (2011), Excuse My French (2014), Sone'a Fee Misr (2014), SHEIKH JACKSON (2017)

Mohamed Hefzy, Hani Osama

Amr Salama

Amr Salama

Amr Salama

Principal Cast
Ahmad Elfishawy, Maged El Kedwany, Ahmed Malek, Amina Khalil, Mahmoud El Bezzawy

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