Unprecedented Egyptian Film Unveils Unlikely Link Between Hitler and Islamist Leader’s Offspring

The fictional film, named “A Century and Six Years,” focuses on Sheikh Hareth, the grandson of Islamist leader and Hitler devotee Hajj Amin Al-Husseini, who travels to Germany to meet a descendant of Adolf Hitler to discuss and renew Hitler’s old promise to the Al-Husseini about the “freeing of Palestine.” The film won a Jury Prize and a mention for best actor at the Sharqiyah International Film Festival in Oman, participated in the Cairo Francophone Cinema exhibition, and is scheduled to be screened at the Kairouan Cinema Days Festival in Tunisia next February. The film’s promotional poster features a Nazi flag in the background with the fictional Sheikh in the front. The main actor of the film, Moyhee Dorgham, openly expressed the team’s beliefs toward their perceived enemy. Another actor, Pierre-Luc Brassard, who received a mention for best actor, is known for expressing anti-Semitic views on social media. The film is accused of promoting a Zionist narrative. It echoes the historical meeting between Adolf Hitler and Hajj Mohammad Amin Al-Husseini in 1941. Al-Husseini was known for inciting against the Yishuv, perpetrating violent pogroms against Jews, and spreading antisemitic theories. Egypt has been a hotbed for antisemitism historically, with a high percentage of the population harboring anti-Semitic views. The film has not been screened outside of the mentioned festivals.