Sheikh Jackson

Sheikh Jackson

by Amr Salama

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

The news of Michael Jackson's death take an Islamic cleric, known as "Jackson" during his school days, by surprise. But what does a preacher have in common with the King of Pop? More importantly, his struggle to conciliate his life as a preacher with his past life and relationships raise the most prominent question in his mind: is he the Sheikh, Jackson, or both?

Awards & Festivals

Egypt's submission to the Academy Awards® - Best Foreign Language Film
World Premiere at TIFF (Closing Film of Special Presentations); BFI London
Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival
Munich, Melbourne, Jecheon


Ahmad Alfishawy (The Sheikh)
Maged El Kedwany (Hany, the Sheikh’s father)
Ahmed Malek (Young Sheikh)
Amina Khalil (Aisha, the Sheikh’s wife)
Basma (Dr. Nour, the psychiatrist)
Yasmine El Raes (Sherine)

Director Bio

Amr Salama is a prominent young Egyptian writer and director whose credits include the prize-winning AIDS drama Asmaa and the coming-of-age comedy Excuse My French, which swept the board at Egypt’s equivalent of the Oscars.

Director Statement

I never felt as vulnerable making a film, it was half writing a memoir and half fictionalizing a universal story that can transcend above stereotyping and prejudice, a story about fear of death and loving life, identity, temptation and self-love.

Cast Bio

AHMAD ALFISHAWY is an Egyptian actor who grew up amongst some of the top artists in the region. Son of famed actors Farouk Alfishawy and Somaya El Alfy, he started his cinematic and TV career at a very early age, making him today an A-lister entertainment name in the movie, TV and music industry.

MAGED EL KEDWANY was born in Cairo, Egypt, and started out in the 90s, starring in over thirty roles in well-known films such as Asphalt Ghosts (1996). In 2010, he won the Best Actor Award for his role in 678 at the Dubai International Film Festival. El Kedwany also starred in popular Egyptian films like Thieves in KG2 (2002), Asmaa (2011).

AHMED MALEK is an award-winning young actor, who had his first roles in Egyptian TV series. When he was 15, he acted in his breakthrough role in the popular series The Brotherhood. Later he starred in films such as El Gezira 2 (2014) by Sherif Arafa and Clash by Mohamed Diab (2016). Today, Malek is one of the best known Egyptian actors of his generation.


Director: Amr Salama
Screenwriter(s): Omar Khaled, Amr Salama
Production Companies: Film Clinic, The Producers, I-Productions
Producer(s): Mohamed Hefzy, Hani Osama
Associate Producer: Daniel Ziskind
Editor: Ahmed Hafez
First AD: Sarah Nouh
DOP: Ahmad Beshary
Production Designer: Hend Haidar
Costume Designer: Reem El Adl
Makeup and SFX: Tarek Moustafa
Music Score: Hany Adel
Sound Engineer: Alaa Atef
Line Producer: Michel Makram
Production Manager: Mohamed Hassan
Post-production Producer: Hussein Hegab
Sound Designer: Sara Kaddouri
Sound Mixer: Stephane De Rocquigny
Colourist: Ahmed Essam
Casting Director: Marwa Gabriel 

Original Title: Al Sheikh Jackson / Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 / Colour / Shot on: Arri Alexa mini (4K) / 93 min / Audio 5.1 / Arabic / Egypt 2017

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