“A true story. Unfortunately.”
With a tagline that grabs our attention instantly, Ali’s Wedding is a romantic comedy about family, duty and love that gives its audience a view into Muslim identity in Australia.
Co-written by actor and star of Ali’s Wedding, Osamah Sami, and co-writer Andrew Knight, the film is based on the experiences of Sami’s life as an Iraqi refugee who arrived in Australia at the age of seven.
The film’s main character, Ali, undergoes familial pressure as immediate family and relatives have high hopes for him to become a doctor. After failing to get into medical school, he lies to his family and friends about his results and continues to attend class anyway.
Other problems arise when Ali falls in love with Dianne, a fellow student whom Ali’s mother strongly disapproves of as she has come from the ‘wrong part of the Middle East’ and worse, was born in Australia. Ali is pressured by his family into marrying another woman against his wishes.
Caught in a web of lies, Ali finds himself at a crossroad between the duties to his family and following his heart. The film gives its audience a simple yet heartwarming story and features a line-up of diverse and vibrant cast that feels truly representative of Australia today.
Though its storyline might feel familiar, what sets it apart is how it breaks away from many preceding Australian comedies about migrants. Rather than relying on typical caricatures of immigrants and the idea of cultural clash, the film focuses on the tension within Ali’s community.
Sweet and entertaining, the film has won the hearts of audiences across the country. It received the Audience Award at the Sydney Film Festival and Best Film award at Western Australia’s CinefestOz.
Be sure not to miss this wonderful tale! Ali’s Wedding is currently screening in Australian cinemas.
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