Mustafa Al Akkad, a divine reformer of religion in cinema



Sat, 11 Nov 2017 - 09:18 GMT


Sat, 11 Nov 2017 - 09:18 GMT

“Al Resalah”, behind the scene - Wikipedia

“Al Resalah”, behind the scene - Wikipedia

CAIRO – 11 November 2017: In memory of legendary film director Moustafa Al Akkad, Egypt Today explores his artistic contribution in the world of religion.

A Syrian-American film director and producer born in 1929, Al Akkad directed two of the top Arabic films: “Al Resalah” (The Message) and “Asad El Sahraa’” (Lion of the Desert).

Aiming to falsify stereotypes about Islam, Akkad wrote, directed and produced “Al Resalah” (The Message) in 1976.

The film revolves around the story of Islam targeted for a western audience, starring legendary international actor Anthony Quinn.

Showing the certain Islamic personnel on screen have provoked many religious and Islamic institutions, therefore Akkad tried to tame those fierce attacks by using shadows to express the Prophet Mohamed’s presence in the film.

After the great success of the film, Akkad re-shot an Arabic version starring Abdullah Ghaith that was nominated for “Best Original Score” in the 50th Academy Awards.

“Al Resalah” poster - Wikipedia

He also produced “Asad El Sahraa’” (Lion of the Desert) in 1981, revolving around the Libyan leader Omar Al Mokhtar who was well known for fighting and resisting the Italian occupation of Libya.

Akkad wished to produce more films about Islamic history, such as about Salah El Deen El Ayoubi; however he died in a 2005 terrorist attack in Jordon.

“Asad El Sahraa’” - Wikipedia



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