The Virgin, The Copts & Me
Date: 26 May 2013
Sub-genre: Comedy, Documentary
Actors: Siham Abdel Messeeh, Namir Abdel Messeeh
Country: Egypt Language:
Namir is a French filmmaker whose Coptic Christian parents moved to France in 1973. One day he watches a video of the Virgin Mary's apparition with his mother who, like millions of other Copts, sees the Virgin while he sees nothing. Skeptical, Namir travels to Egypt, interviewing Christian and Muslim witnesses claiming to see the 1968 apparition. Comedic moments abound from his French producer's exasperation as Namir veers from the prescribed documentary about inter-faith violence, to wrangling with his mother, a skeptic herself about his ability to not produce another failure, "just like your last." Best Arab Documentary 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival. 2012 San Francisco Arab Film Festival Award, Outstanding Documentary Film.
(Synopsis courtesy of the 2012 San Francisco Arab Film Festival)
28 August 2012