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Ali’s Wedding

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Starring Osamah Sami and Don Hany

This excellent film is based on the real-life experiences of its leading man, Osamah Sami who can go from steely solemnity to cheeky charm in a split second. One minute he’s falling off a tractor on his backside, and the next he’s sharing a sincere, tear-jerking scene with his on-screen father and it all fits together so well. Sami is an award winning Australian actor, writactually began at the end of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” She was the woman who “walked away from mankind” only to now be drawn back into saving humanity. The movie follows Diana’s childhood on the secluded paradise island of Themyscira. Inhabited by Amazons, a race of women er and stand up comedian and is recognised as a notable Australian Muslim. Director Jeffrey Walker has put together a great script and a performance from Sami who is plainly too old for his role but pulls it off anyway, the sign of a great actor. The story follows Ali’s father Mahdi (played by local actor Don Hany), who flees Iraq via Iran, migrates to Melbourne, where he becomes the leader of a local mosque. His son works at a petrol station and broods for an Egyptian-Australian girl, Dianne (Helana Sawires). Like Dianne, Ali is studying hard to win a place at the University of Melbourne to study medicine. Unlike her, he doesn’t have the grades, but competitiveness with the son of his father’s rival at the mosque leads him to lie to the congregation about his marks. Doubling down on his deception, Ali decides to attend university lectures even though he isn’t enrolled, with the hope of getting in the following year. Meanwhile his eligibility in the community has skyrocketed, and his father decides to pair him off with the daughter of another parishioner (Rodney Afif). Ali is invited to tea to meet his bride-to-be; at the home of her parents however his relationship with Dianne, who has started helping him with coursework, is blossoming even though it isn’t long before Ali is found out. The current distaste for anything Muslim-related that you’re average casually xenophobic Australian has, is genuinely overcome by the light, funny, sincere, romantic and distinct Aussie larrikinism that we find so irresistible in this film. (Ali’s Wedding) is an excellent Aussie movie worth seeing.

Rated M 8.5 out of 10