BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
The Virgin, the Copts and me

The Virgin, the Copts and Me

La Vierge, les Coptes et Moi
Egypt / Frankrike / Qatar / 2001 / 85 min
Namir Abdel Messeeh
Good copt/bad copt.

Documentary filmmaker Namir Abdel Messeeh travels to Cairo to make a film about the many miraculous sightings of the holy virgin Mary that are reported in the Coptic community. However, as he delves further into the subject, he finds that none of the witnesses want to talk to him – he is even shunned by his own traditional family. Starting out as a documentary about supernatural phenomena, THE VIRGIN, THE COPTS AND ME gradually morphs into a film about family, identity and belonging.


Namir Abdel Messeeh

NAMIR ABDEL MESSEEH spent his early childhood in Egypt, but is currently based in France where obtained a Masters degree in film at the University of Paris VII and studied directing at La Femis. He directed two short fiction films and one short documentary before he made THE VIRGIN, THE COPTS AND ME in 2011.