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When a CIA officer investigates a man attracting international attention and followers through acts of public disruption, she embarks on a global, high-stakes mission to uncover whether he is a divine entity or a deceptive con artist.


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Series cast summary:
Michelle Monaghan ...  Eva Geller 10 episodes, 2020
Mehdi Dehbi ...  Al-Masih 10 episodes, 2020
John Ortiz ...  Felix Iguero 10 episodes, 2020
Tomer Sisley ...  Aviram Dahan 10 episodes, 2020
Melinda Page Hamilton ...  Anna Iguero 10 episodes, 2020
Stefania LaVie Owen ...  Rebecca Iguero 10 episodes, 2020
Sayyid El Alami ...  Jibril Hassan 10 episodes, 2020
Jane Adams ...  Miriam Keneally 10 episodes, 2020
Wil Traval ...  Will Mathers 10 episodes, 2020
Farès Landoulsi ...  Samer 10 episodes, 2020
Barbara Eve Harris ...  Katherine Bailey 9 episodes, 2020
Assaad Bouab ...  Qamar Maloof 7 episodes, 2020
Philip Baker Hall ...  Zelman Katz 6 episodes, 2020
Rona-Lee Shim'on ...  Mika 6 episodes, 2020
Beau Bridges ...  Edmund DeGuilles 5 episodes, 2020
Michael O'Neill ...  Cameron Collier 5 episodes, 2020
Ori Pfeffer ...  Alon 5 episodes, 2020
Emily Kinney ...  Staci Hardwick 5 episodes, 2020
Dvir Benedek ...  Director Baerman 5 episodes, 2020
Liya Kurmesh Liya Kurmesh ...  Ellie 5 episodes, 2020


Messiah explores the lines among religion, faith and politics. It chronicles the modern world's reaction to a man who first appears in the Middle East creating a groundswell of followers around him claiming he is the Messiah. Is he sent from God or is he a dangerous fraud bent on dismantling the world's geopolitical order? The story unfolds from multiple points of view, including a young CIA agent, an Israeli Shin Bet officer, a Latino preacher and his Texan daughter, a Palestinian refugee and the media, among others. Written by ahmetkozan

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Will He Convert You?


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Arabic | Hebrew | English

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Thoughtful, Respectful, and Seriously Entertaining
3 January 2020 | by SaveTheRepublicSee all my reviews

As an ordained clergyperson myself, religion movies are often hard to watch because they get so many things wrong or treat subjects with an overly simplistic take. The writers of Messiah have not only crafted a well-written, compelling story with interesting characters and terrific acting, they've included real substance and authentic representation of religion.

The religious characters--Muslim, Christian, Jewish--are sympathetically presented with dignity and complexity. The religious texts and varying theologies are sensitively handled and respectfully addressed. Nor are religions presented in stereotypical ways: for example, Islam does believe that Jesus will return to herald in the end times, something not often known outside of Islam. But here, in Messiah, it is Muslims who first begin to follow al-Masih, believing him to be Isa (Jesus) returned.

At no point did I hear a character say something about a religious idea or do something in the guise of religion that was outlandish or the usual Hollywood version. The writers of this show clearly know what they're talking about and should be commended for that.

Further, the geopolitical, cultural, economic, and other issues are addressed in thoughtful ways that are not dumbed-down or simplified. They even manage to take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in thoughtful ways.

In addition to all of that, the story is gripping and keeps you guessing all the way through. As one who believes that authentic faith requires embracing uncertainty and doubt, in many ways, this representation of lots of different people struggling to figure out whether al-Masih is the messiah or a charlatan was pitch perfect.

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