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Empty Chair Recognition 2015 - Moustapha Akkad

Empty Chair Recognition 2015 - Moustapha Akkad

While contemplating who could fill this empty chair, we visualized the challenging journey that Arab and International filmmaker Moustapha Akkad took crossing different continents to make The Message, 1976. Akkad “made the film because it felt personal to him; being a Muslim who lived in the west, it was his duty to tell the truth about Islam”.

While contemplating who could fill this empty chair, we visualized the challenging journey that Arab and International filmmaker Moustapha Akkad took crossing different continents to make The Message, 1976. Akkad “made the film because it felt personal to him; being a Muslim who lived in the west, it was his duty to tell the truth about Islam”.


Spirituality is foreseen earlier in Akkad’s life: upon meaning to leave to the United States for studies, his father, then a customs officer gave him $200 and a copy of the Quran, the father said: “this is all I have”.
But fanatics' distortions, and their extreme dark ideas foreseen in conflicting regional politics are as problematic today as they were almost forty years ago. Despite of the spiritual values of The Message conveying the birth of Islam, Akkad’s journey in making the film was a swinging one in between Al Azhar- Egypt and World League in Mecca- Saudi Arabia to reflect itself on support or objection to the film by regional governments not only prior to production but also after the film was completed.


At the time of his death, he was in the process of producing an $80 million film about Saladin and the Crusades that would be filmed in Jordan. Speaking of the film, he said:
“...Saladin exactly portrays Islam. Right now, Islam is portrayed as a terrorist religion. Because a few terrorists are Muslims, the whole religion has that image. If there ever was a religious war full of terror, it was the Crusades. But you can't blame Christianity because a few adventurers did this. That's my message.”


Sadly, Akkad who defended Islam as a message, he and his 34-year-old daughter, Rima Akkad Monla, were killed in Amman bombings on November 9, 2005.

The Empty Chair is filled with Akkad's rebellious spirit, signifying human purity and sincerity.

 

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