He is truly a freedom fighter. Rev. Majed El Shafie was arrested, tortured and sentenced to die in Egypt because of his faith. Escaping to Israel, he was imprisoned until his eventual release a year and a half later. Today Rev. Majed lives in Canada and fights for those persecuted around the world. Pressuring governments, and challenging both world and spiritual leaders, Majed has not been afraid to put everything on the line to help those in need, including his life.
Directed by Chris Atkins, this powerful, award winning film documents the work of Rev. Majed as he travels the world seeking out those persecuted for their religious beliefs, and challenging their governments to change.
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Freedom Fighter is an attempt to show the world what is happening to the Christians and other minorities in places where extremism, hate and fear seem to have all the power, with no one to challenge them. This documentary follows the efforts of Rev. Majed 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. You will also witness the horrific story of what happened to a little girl and her family in Pakistan and Rev. Majed’s fight to save their lives.
The film also explores persecution in Iraq, China and Egypt. Interviews with victims, activists and politicians help to tell Rev. Majed’s story as well as the larger story of persecution taking place around the world.
Our presentation of Freedom Fighter marks the 10th anniversary of One Free World International, an international human rights organization that focuses on the rights of religious minorities around the world and promotes tolerance, understanding and respect for diverse religious beliefs. The organization promotes awareness of human rights abuses and comes to the aid of those who are suffering because of their religious beliefs or expression.