The Virgin, the Copts and Me

Directed by Namir Abdel Messeeh
| 2011 | Arabic & French | Arabic | 85 minutes

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In his feature debut, French-Egyptian filmmaker Namir Abdel Messeeh sets out for Cairo to investigate the phenomenon of miraculous Virgin Mary apparitions in Egypt's Coptic Christian community. As he seeks out witnesses to the well-known 1968 sighting in Zeitoun, where hundreds of thousands of people claimed to see a vision of a hovering Virgin Mary, the professed secular skeptic Namir quickly discovers that no one within the church will agree to speak with him. Namir then changes course and travels to his birth village hoping to find answers.