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Mon 11 Jun 2012, 2:15pm
Sat 16 Jun 2012, 10:00am

Where: Event Cinemas, 505–525 George Street, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $18.50
  • Concession: $15.00
  • Group (10+): $14.50
  • Additional fees may apply

It may seem strange to say, but this documentary about a young filmmaker's investigation of the miraculous Virgin Mary apparitions in Egypt's Coptic Christian community is very funny and ultimately very moving. First-time director Abdel Messeeh, a French Egyptian and a professed secularist, begins his quest in Cairo, looking for witnesses to the famous 1968 sighting of a hovering Virgin in Zeitoun. He's hampered by the Coptic community's reluctance to talk - not to mention his absent producer's unwillingness to commit more funds. His traditionalist mother has expressly forbidden Abdel to film her relatives in rural Upper Egypt, but faced with cinematic failure he ignores her wishes. Blundering at first, he slowly gains the trust of his impoverished relatives and their fellow villagers and when his devoted mother takes over the purse strings, it finally seems as if he'll have a story to tell.