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Malek Akkad doesn't remember much from the shoot of "The Message," the 1976 feature film debut of his father Moustapha Akkad."The Message" is among the handful of films from this region that have some resonance both in the Middle East and the West. Raised in French-mandate Aleppo, Akkad (born in 1930) had been working in Hollywood for some time when he commenced the project. He aspired to have the early history of Islam speak both to the Muslim world and the West, so he shot it with two principal casts – one Arabic-speaking, the other English-speaking – and released it as two separate films ("Al-Risalah" and "The Message").After attending USC film school, he joined his father's film production company before the age of 30, while he was developing "Halloween 6 ".About two years ago, the younger Akkad began working on the first of his three current projects – a film restoration of "The Message," which he says is now nearing completion.Unlike some feature films from the region, "The Message" doesn't carry exotic tales of badly degraded film prints and destroyed or missing negatives.
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