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Ali's Wedding (2017)

After a "white lie" which spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric's eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl.

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After a "white lie" which spirals out of control, a neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric's eldest son must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl.

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Australia's Best Film of 2017!
24 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Ali's Wedding is a film of many gifts. It's funny, heartfelt, and not quite what you'd expect from Aussie cinema. It's an Islamic focused film that is an honest look at the pocket of communities in Melbourne. And on top of that, this is all a true story, focusing on Osama Sami's struggle at Melbourne University going through an identity crisis.

For such a specific cultural play-set of story, Ali's Wedding shows the good and welcoming side of the Islamic religion while mocking aspects of family life, Muslim or not. Family's a tricky thing to portray in these comedies without being overtly stereotypical or offensive given a somewhat alien culture within Western society. There's grounded Islam and funny Islam in this; it's an open-minded film that utilizes its heritage to explore terrain unseen in Aussie cinema. It's a cultural milestone and could prove to be an international cult classic in the 21st Century.

I highly recommend this film. Even if you're an Aussie who's not into Aussie-cinema, give this one a shot because it is a film with international appeal and entertainment. 9/10.


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