AKMAL SALEH’S PHARAOH Vs THE EGYPTIANS: THE REVIEW

Pharaoh Vs The Egyptians is part of the INDIE GEMS FILM FESTIVAL that takes place at the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta from the 12th to 14th of September – “Indie Gems is a testament to the talent and diversity and has something for everyone. We’re thrilled to be screening such a fantastic range of films at Riverside Theatres” John L. Simpson – Festival Director. It has a phenomenal line up of films and if you want your mind broadened and want to see some great films that are not Hollywood made then suss out this festival. You can get all the information you need from HERE and now enjoy my review of Pharaoh Vs The Egyptians – Regards Salty.

Suss a 90sec interview with Akmal on the film – thanks Akmal – truly inspiring.

 

 

Akmal Saleh – one damn funny bastard, the willing brunt of many a joke, he takes the piss of himself as much as anything else and has a comedic style that leads itself to show Akmal as an out of control, less than intelligent, idiot who can do anything anytime on television or at comedic events. He is a time bomb and occasionally takes things too far and this has led some TV shows to be wary of having him due to his unpredictability. But I freaking love him just for this. He is honest, he is never insulting and he is constantly hilarious.

 

Jason King, Indie Gems Film Festival, Pharaoh Vs The Egyptians, documentary, President Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian Revolution
AKMAL’S PHARAOH Vs THE EGYPTIANS – A SALTY REVIEW FOR THE INDIE GEMS FILM FESTIVAL

 

So when I got the program for Indie Gems Film Festival and announced we would be covering it to the Salty Kernels I informed them to not request this one to review as it was all mine. I didn’t even read what it was about – it was Akmal, it would be hilarious – boy oh boy was I surprised. This documentary is the polar opposite of comedy. It is hard hitting, National Geographic styled, intense journalism……………….from Akmal. Has my opinion of the man changed!!!

“Most of the information that Australians got about the uprising came from CNN, which Akmal felt was either inaccurate or did not reflect what was happening,” festival organiser John L. Simpson told IF.com.au.

 

Jason King, Indie Gems Film Festival, Pharaoh Vs The Egyptians, documentary, President Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian Revolution
AKMAL’S PHARAOH Vs THE EGYPTIANS – A SALTY REVIEW FOR THE INDIE GEMS FILM FESTIVAL

 

Akmal is Egyptian and when he and the world watched on through television screens as millions of Egyptians poured into Tahrir Square willing to die for their freedom he was beyond inspired, so much so, he decided to head to Egypt and tell the more accurate story of how huge amount of the Egyptian people gambled their lives to end the reign of corrupt tyrant, President Hosni Mubarak.

Akmal originally thought he could add his comedic spin to this and give it his usual stamp but soon realised that comedy in the face of death and extreme adversity was not necessarily a good move and slightly inappropriate. What instead came out of it was a surprising docco of an incident I was pretty much oblivious to. I learned so much and witnessed much more. Akmal pieced together footage, interviews, death, destruction, anger, sadness, outrageous corruption and hope into this film. It flows beautifully and builds and builds and interestingly highlights how social media was a key tool in the revolution. I was speechless seeing that this was Akmal’s first film.

 

Jason King, Indie Gems Film Festival, Pharaoh Vs The Egyptians, documentary, President Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian Revolution
AKMAL’S PHARAOH Vs THE EGYPTIANS – A SALTY REVIEW FOR THE INDIE GEMS FILM FESTIVAL

 

It is a heavy film but needs to be watched. It is a damn fine educational video told superbly. Watch the trailer, make up your mind, but I recommend supporting this film and educating yourself. Be warned though, some scenes are graphic.

 

4 Pops