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The Anti Bin-Laden

OVERVIEW

Language: English and Arabic, with subti
Country of Origin: Egypt
Running Time: 35:45
Medium: HD
Rights: Video Cairo Satellite, Inc.


CAST & CREW

Director: Mick Csaky
Camera :Michael Miles, Ashraf Badrawi, Mohamed Mursi
Producer: Eugenia Harvey
Producer : Zahra Mackaoui
Assistant Producer :Ismail El Mokadem
Associate Producer :Moha Kafi
Executive Producer: Mohamed Gohar
Production Assistant : Imogen Kimber
Researcher : May Kamel
Editor: Yeha Hussein, Claire Guillon
Location Producer Istanbul : Ferit Kaybal
Location Producer Yemen : Karim Hauser
Distributor: Tomcat Intl
Writer: Eugenia Harvey
Sound :Darrel Briggs, Mahmoud Al Shafey
Producer's Representative: Ostrow and Company

REVIEW

“Amr Khaled is the anti-Bin Laden that Americans don’t know, because he
ought to be as big a hero in this country as he is to his thirty million followers…
" Jim Clifton, CEO, Gallup Polls

SYNOPSIS

How did an Armani-wearing accountant from a wealthy Egyptian family
become one of the Middle East’s most popular Muslim televangelists (The Joel Osteen of
Islam)? And why do both the Egyptian government and religious leaders fear his power and
influence among Muslim women and youths? Can his brand of moderate preaching prevent
How did an Armani-wearing accountant from a wealthy Egyptian family
become one of the Middle East’s most popular Muslim televangelists (The Joel Osteen of Islam)? And why do both the Egyptian government and religious leaders fear his power and influence among Muslim women and youths? Can his brand of moderate preaching prevent Egypt’s growing religious conservatism from becoming the next Iran or Afghanistan?

“The Anti-Bin Laden” explores the complex mission and ministry of Amr Khaled, an Egyptian businessman who uses a lighter version of traditional Muslim sermons to preach a gospel of economic development to both Middle Eastern and Western audiences.

Walking the fine,often controversial line between technology and tradition, he has managed to spend the last decade teaching women and young people to seek both religion and prosperity. This has never been done in Islam. His efforts have gotten him exiled from his home country, but, thanks to the internet, made him an extremely popular leader of young Muslims throughout the Middle East. Both Time and Newsweek magazines have cited him as one of the world’s mostinfluential people.

His influence is certainly felt in his homeland. Egypt, once known for its western sensibilitiesnot just in religious tolerance and social ideals, but also in dress, is now more visibly conservative. For example, 20 years ago, Egyptian women rarely, if ever, wore the hijab, or veil. Now, more that 60% of the women, especially those under 30, wear them. Trendy Egyptian women, in homage to their teacher, wear a Spanish, sideways-tied scarf, nicknamed the “Amr Khaled veil.”

As much as this documentary is a story of Amr Khaled, it is also the story of Islam and Muslims’ roles in the Obama-era West. The purpose of this film is to tell the compelling story of how the growing Muslim revolution may move forward, through the life of this particular foot soldier. As Egypt, America’s long-standing ally in the region, prepares for an eventualchange in its political infrastructure, Western observers will be watching the new leaderships emerge. Amr Khaled is poised to be one of the voices vying for the microphone.