FILE - Veteran Writer and thinker Ibrahim Eissa
CAIRO - 25 December 2018: A few days after the release of the promo of the film “El-Deif” (The guest), novelist Ibrahim Issa explained that the film's protagonist faces charges of contempt of religions and might face a one-year sentence.
“Dr. Yahya Tijani, portrayed in the film by Khaled el-sawy, is facing charges of contempt of religions and is expected to be handed a one year sentence. What is the story behind this man?” tweeted Eissa on his official twitter account.
The film is the second cinematic experience for the veteran writer after the great success he achieved in his previous controversial film “Mawlana” (The Sheikh).
“El-Deif” (The guest) is starring Khaled el-Sawi, Sherine Reda, Ahmed Malek and Jamila Awad.
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The film revolves around a man who visits a family for dinner as a guest, and then strange incidents follow.
File - Actress Sherine Reda
File - Actress Jamila Awad
The film “El Deif” was granted the Public Awards in Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia early December 2018, as it was competing in the official contest of the festival representing the African content.
Best known for co-founding the popular Egyptian weekly Al-Dustour, Eissa is an Egyptian journalist and TV personality. He is currently editor-in-chief of Al Tahrir, which he co-founded in July 2011.
In 2008, Eissa was given the Gebran Tueni Award in Lebanon. In March 2011, Eissa was awarded an Index on Censorship’s 2010 Freedom of Expression Award.
The award has been described as "commemorating the many people who put their lives at risk for their right to express their opinions."
Eissa was characterized as a "one-man barometer of Egypt's struggle for political and civic freedom". He dedicated the award to Tahrir Square.
In April 2011, Eissa was also awarded the International Journalist of the Year 2010 award by a British institution called the Society of Editors.
This award similarly recognized journalists’ commitment to the freedom of expression and the press and bravery against threats.
Eissa was specifically awarded as a result of his insistence on democracy, and as a result of his journalistic position and opinions against Mubarak’s toppled regime.
His novel “Mawlana” (Our Sheikh) was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2013.