Halaloween: A Muslim Horror Film Festival 2023: Cairo Conspiracy


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Event Date: 
October 24, 2023
Event Time: 
7:30pm to 9:30pm
The State Theater

What is Halaloween? Halaloween screens horror films from across the globe that were made by, for, or about Muslims, to understand: “What scares Muslim audiences? Are horror movies halal?” This year’s 2023 film festival will be in-person and online, screening one film a week for the first half of the month of October, and culminating in two in-person screenings at the State Theatre, on Tuesday October 24th and 31st at 7:30 PM.  The festival is free in person and online–but make sure to reserve tickets! Some films may not be available in certain countries. Films will be unlocked online each week of October, and viewers will have the week to watch each film. We are inclusive of everyone's film needs: from new horror fans who close their eyes through most scary movies, to those who love the gore–we've got films for everyone! Check the Halaloween Horror Rating in the description of each film for its scariness rating. 

The 2023 Halaloween Lineup:

October 10: Satan’s Slaves 2: Communion | 2022 | Indonesia 

October 17: Siccîn 3: Love | 2016 | Turkey 

October 24: Cairo Conspiracy | 2022 | Egypt*** 

October 31: Tiger Stripes | 2023 | Malaysia***

*** These screenings will be free and in person at the State Theatre

Reserve your tickets/seats: watch.eventive.org/halaloween

Join us for a free screening of Egyptian horror/thriller Cairo Conspiracy (2022) on October 24th, 7:30 PM at the State Theatre. Reserve your free tickets now: watch.eventive.org/halaloween, and check out the rest of the month’s Halaloween Horror selection!
2022 | 121 minutes | Arabic | Egyptian
Directed by: Tarik Saleh

Halaloween Horror Rating: 2/5 | Rating Explanation: Includies eeriness, murders, psychological tension, the political Egyptian state’s relationship to religion, religious figure corruption.

Religious Content: Set in Egypt primarily at Al-Azhar University, a historical center of Islamic learning. All characters are Muslim. Includes Qur’an, adhan, prayer, fiqh reasoning, and general discussion of Islam and Islamic learning.
In Cairo Conspiracy (2022), Adam, the son of a fisherman, is offered the privilege to study at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, a center of power of global Sunni Islam. Adam then becomes an unwitting pawn in a conflict between Egypt's religious and political elites.

Halaloween is brought to you by the Global Islamic Studies Center and cosponsored by the African Studies Center, Arab and Muslim American Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum, the Department of American Culture, the Department of Film, Television, and Media, Institute for Research on Women & Gender, the Middle Eastern Studies Department, the Women's and Gender Studies Department, and Shudder