Ahmed Malek, center, in a scene from Amr Salama's "Sheikh Jackson."
Photo courtesy of TIFF
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Egyptian director Amr Salama pays homage to the late Michael Jackson in his new film "Sheikh Jackson," a tale of how a young imam struggles to reconcile his desire to be a better Muslim with his love for the King of Pop. The film, which landed a spot as Egypt's Oscar bid for best foreign film Tuesday, is based loosely on Salama's own life as a former orthodox Muslim whose obsession with the flamboyant pop star caused him a crisis of faith.Those are Salama's feet doing the moonwalk in the film.Thirty-five years after Jackson released "Thriller," which went on to become the world's bestselling album of all time, the Toronto Film Festival is also screening a digitally re-mastered version of John Landis' original music video in 3D, as well as the documentary "The Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller".Landis himself oversaw the frame-by-frame restoration of the short film, with its legendary zombie dance sequence, and featuring Jackson as a walking dead and a werewolf.
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