iProductions to plough millions into Arab films

Exclusive: Fledgling company to invest $8-9m in 10 Arab-language productions a year.

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawaris’s fledgling film and high-end TV production company iProductions is at the Efm for the first time this year with its debut feature Mawlana [pictured].

The company has also revealed plans to invest around $8m in Arab films.

Amgad Sabry, iProductions CEO, is in Berlin for meetings with festival programmers and potential buyers for the film about a populist Muslim TV preacher plagued with doubts.

“We believe that content can shape the mind of the people. Our aim is to produce films touching on contemporary topics and burning, sometimes controversial issues,” Sabry told Screen.

Based on a novel by Egyptian journalist Ibrahim Issa, it follows Muslim TV preacher Hatem Al Shenawy who is having doubts about the message he is conveying to the millions of spectators who tune into his daily show.

In the backdrop, he is also
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