Egypt to produce documentary film on Prophet Mohamed

Ahram Online, Thursday 20 Sep 2012

In answer to controversial US-made movie, Egyptian officials plan a documentary portraying the life of Prophet Mohamed

Salah Abdel-Maksoud
Salah Abdel-Maksoud, Egyptian Minister of Information (Photo: Reuters)

In response to the recent crises sparked in the region by the now-notorious anti-Islam short film, Information Minister Salah Abdel-Maksoud and film director Shoukry Abu Amira, vice president of the Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU), have agreed to produce a major documentary film on the life of Prophet Mohamed.

The film – to be entitled 'Mohamed: Messenger of God, Gift of Mercy' – will be directed by Egypt's Samiha El-Ghonemy, one of the Arab world's most prominent documentary filmmakers. El-Ghonemy has directed religious-themed films in the past, including 'The Holy Family's Journey in Egypt.'

A handful of scholars from Egypt's Al-Azhar are already reportedly working on a screenplay for the film, which will be jointly produced by the Egyptian Cinema Syndicate and the ERTU.

Members of the syndicate are also reportedly mulling production of a feature film portraying the life of the Prophet.

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