The Resurrected sees Middle-Eastern Jesus
The Resurrected is to be the first film about Jesus Christ to come from an Arab perspective. The film will be directed by the Lebanese director Samir Habchi and will focus on Jesus' life as seen through the eyes of Mary Magdelene.
The film will be shot on location and feature middle-eastern actors in the roles, facts that could well upset many Christian groups.
The US $2 million film is being produced by a couple of Lebanese companies with Samir Habchi currently in negotiations to direct the project currently called The Resurrected.
Youssef Al-Khal is all lined up to play Jesus who the Variety article describes as a thesp, however I've had a quick search and not been able to track down a picture or biography of him. Please, if you find something on the actor, let me know and I'll post it in.
What seems to be a little more interesting about this take on the life of the character of Jesus is, not only that it will be an all Arab production, but that it will tell the story in flashbacks from the perspective of Mary Magdelene and will focus more on the redemptive aspects of the parables and stories about Jesus.
Mary Magdelene is set to be played by Nadine Al-Rassi, a picture of whom I manage to get hold of.
Jamal Sannan, one of the producers of the film, spoke about the desire behind the film:
“This is a real attempt to go back to the mutual respect which existed between Christians, Muslims and Jews in this region for centuries...We’ve seen films about Jesus from the West but there has never been an Arabic production about him despite the fact that he came from here.”
The film will shoot on location within many of the sites where stories have Jesus visiting, including cities in South Lebanon, Nazareth and even Bethlehem. The latter will be a logistical minefield and might well depend on the current state of affairs between Israel and Palestine at the time, however the location shooting and authentic actors will provide an authenticity to the stories that we probably have never seen before.
The production has already received an official blessing from Lebanon’s Maronite Christian Patriarch, however I wonder if other Christian leaders around the world will be so open armed for the production?