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One man’s campaign to free the world

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“Freedom Fighter is a harrowing but hopeful new documentary chronicling the efforts of Rev. Majed El Shafie, a Cairo-born Christian minister leading a campaign to help those around the world who are persecuted for their beliefs,” The Epoch Times reports.

By Ryan Moffatt

2/3/2011 Egypt (The Epoch Times) – Freedom Fighter is a harrowing but hopeful new documentary chronicling the efforts of Rev. Majed El Shafie, a Cairo-born Christian minister leading a campaign to help those around the world who are persecuted for their beliefs.

Directed by Chris Atkins, the film follows Rev. El Shafie and his organization One Free World International over a four-year period, as he travels to Pakistan and Afghanistan to investigate claims of abuse, persecution, and slavery.

Rev. El Shafie’s conviction and determination are rooted his own experience in Egypt where he was tortured for his Christian faith. In Cairo he headed a mission whose goal was to ensure that the Christian minority enjoyed the same legal rights as the Muslim majority. The Egyptian Government showed no tolerance for the group, which had grown to more than 24,000 members in two years. Rev. El Shafie was arrested, sentenced to death, and thrown into prison where he was severely tortured for seven days. After escaping to Israel he eventually immigrated to Canada.

The film follows Rev. El Shafie as he meets with local Christians and government officials in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Careful not to insult or discredit the Muslim faith, he explores how the Islamic fundamentalist ideas that shape much of the Middle East, particularly in Pakistan and Afghanistan, impact the minority groups that live there.

The reverend questions why an ongoing persecution that took 165,000 lives last year has gone largely unreported. He also expounds on the complacency of governments in the West that turn a blind eye to the oppressive realities of the countries they prop up militarily and financially.

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