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The Lady of Heaven (2022)

The Lady of Heaven is a 2021(2022) British epic historical drama film written by the Twelver Shia radical cleric Yasser Al-Habib, the spiritual leader of  The Mahdi Servants Union and founder of Fadak TV. Produced by Enlightened Kingdom, the film bills itself as the first movie on the life of the historical figure Fatimah during and after the era of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. It is written from a Twelver Shia perspective of Fatimah’s story, which differs substantially from that of the Sunni Muslim majority.

Release Date

The film was released on 3 June 2022 in cinemas in the UK. Protests by Muslim groups against Cineworld cinemas resulted in the film being dropped by the chain

 

Box office $50,000
(as of June 11, 2022)

 

Trailer Of The Lady Of Heaven

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Plot Of The Lady of Heaven

Laith, an Iraqi child in the middle of a war-torn country at the hands of ISIS, after losing his mother, finds himself a new home with an elderly woman who tells him the story of Fatimah, the daughter of  Muhammad, from the Twelver Shia perspective, explaining how she was the first victim of terrorism

Cast Of The Lady of Heaven

  • Denise Black as Bibi
  • Gabriel Cartade as Laith
  • Ray Fearon as Abu Bakr
  • Mark Anthony Brighton as Umar
  • Chris Jarman as Bilal
  • Albane Courtois as Fatima Lanrawi
  • Oscar Garland as Raed
  • Andrew Harrison as Qunfudh
  • Sami Karim as Khalid
  • Christopher Sciueref
  • Lucas Bond as Jamal
  • Levan Saginashvili as Talhah ibn Abi Talhah al-‘Abdari
  • Dimitri Andreas as Salman the Persian
  • David Katsarava as Abu Sufyan ibn Harb

 

Production

The Lady of Heaven was directed by an unidentified crew that goes by the pseudonym Eli King. Filming began in August 2019 and continued through October of the same year in the cities of Tbilisi, Rustavi, and Vaziani. The majority of filming took place in Vaziani and John Stephenson was brought on as a creative consultant. Further filming also took place in London in the following months. It took the production team over 2 months to build the sets for Mecca and Medina as imagined in 622 AD. Actors Denise Black, Ray Fearon, and Lucas Bond were brought on to act in the film and Chris Jarman was confirmed as portraying Bilal ibn Rabah, one of the companions of Muhammad. In March 2021, LA-based sales agent Hannibal Media acquired worldwide rights to the film.

Per writer Al-Habib, in order to respect aniconism in Islam, all holy figures of Twelver Shi’ism were portrayed by light and cinematic effects as opposed to being portrayed by an actor or a single individual; notably, figures deemed holy in Sunni Islam but not Shi’ism was portrayed by darker-skinned actors. In an interview with Deadline Hollywood, the producers discussed how they tackled the very challenging aspect of depicting a Muslim holy personality.

Marketing

Marketing for the film has promoted The Lady of Heaven as the first-ever cinematic production on the life of Fatima, during and after the era of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. A trailer for the film was released in December 2020. An attempt was made by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to block the trailer on social media platforms.

Writer Al-Habib has voiced his support for the film, stating that:

“This film conveys a message of love and peace. It is a call to a better mindset when dealing with challenges. I am certain that should humanity follow in the steps of The Lady; peace, justice, and equality will prevail and triumph. I pray for this to happen.”

Additionally, Malik Shlibak, one of the executive producers of the film responded by stating:

“One of the most important things to mention is that we put an extremely large amount of time and effort into making sure that the film is historically correct, so everything is backed up by historical texts. Then you come to the interpretation of those texts where the healthy conversations and differences that people can have.”

The Mahdi Servants Union says:

We are very confident that those who strive to obscure the truth about the injustices and crimes that Zahra, peace be upon her, was subjected to in order to sympathize with the dissenters and take into account their feelings will only achieve the disgrace of this world and the hereafter. In a humiliating historical scene!