“Ali’s Wedding” by Jeffrey Walker

This article is also available in: Italiano

We open the week dedicated to Netflix movies with “Ali’s Wedding” one of the sweetest comedies on the platform, probably on par with “Barakah meets Barakah“. True story of the protagonist Osamah Sami

Ali’s Wedding

Ali is the son of a Muslim cleric but, despite the best of intentions, he strives to make the right life choices. He wants to be with the girl he loves, Dianne but he has been promised another girl in his father’s mosque. He wants to be the great doctor that the community expects him to be, but he can’t get the necessary grades. And above all he wants to make his father proud. In order not to disappoint these high expectations, he lies about his academic achievements, with unpredictable consequences.

Very sweet

Netflix still confirms itself as a hotbed of great comedies, once again bringing a fresh product with a guaranteed smile. The film is very reminiscent of Mahmoud Sabbagh’s “Barakah meets Barakah” for its sweetness and humor, capable of amusing even the most strenuous detractors of “romantic comedies”. In fact, he manages not to get bored and never become “too much” resulting, for this very reason, extremely true and honest.

Ali's Wedding

The story, however, is the real life of the actor Osamah Sami who plays the protagonist in the film; gem that gives the film an even more tender flavor, laughing even more heartily at his misadventures and his successes. Delicious is probably the right term; of course recommended with flying colors.

The Australian Islamic community

The film is also a very interesting fresco of how Islam is lived in Australia, with an eye to the community, probably Shiite. On this last point, in reality, we are not 100% sure but, due to the origins of the protagonists and the abnormal presence of turbans, we consider it extremely probable. Having said that, the places, the stories and the daily life within it reminded us deeply of some episodes of daily life, showing us how much there is a common modus operandi.

The dynamics present in “Ali’s Wedding” are extremely true precisely because they are those present in most 2nd generation Islamic communities. Of course the Anglo-Saxon world has some differences compared to the Latin one but, living in Milan, we have found infinite similarities between our experience and that of many of the characters. If you are curious about Islamic communities around the world, this can be a good smattering of them.

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