Netflix has recently put a major effort into making films and shows that cater to people from our part of the world. These films highlight different parts of our society and encapsulate our experiences. One such production has recently graced Netflix is ‘Ali’s Wedding’.
‘Ali’s Wedding’ follows the life of a Shia Iraqi family that moved to Australia to run away from persecution and the political climate. The story centers around one of the sons in the family- Ali.
The plot focuses on Ali trying to get into med school; not because he wants to but because his parents want him to. Sound familiar?
Ali has to balance what he wants with making his parents proud, as well as making sure that the family honor is upheld. Oh, I should mention here that Ali’s father is the head cleric of the Muslim community in their city…YIKES!
As fate would have it, Ali does the most ‘brown guy’ thing; he falls in love. This love sort of makes things spirals out of control for Ali. This love, as well as the pressure to not let his family down make Ali spin a pretty crazy web of lies; lies that catch up with him eventually.
The story encapsulates what it’s like to be brown and Muslim in a country you’ve immigrated to. It depicts what it means to walk with the culture you’re born in and the culture you live in; they sometimes seem like polar opposites and the pull from either side can seemingly drive someone mad, but it isn’t totally impossible.
People have taken to Twitter to express how much they love this movie.
I would like to take a moment and appreciate the teams behind Ali's Wedding and The Big Sick.
Loved both the movies mainly because we can relate to them.
— Urooj (@uroojfatimaaa) June 25, 2018
Clearly, the relatability is through the charts
Ali’s Wedding showing how mosque splits happen over petty things. Love it!
— Raza Rizvi (@MastMalung) June 25, 2018
Some people smelled something suspicious, or maybe something promising
There's a movie on Netflix called "Ali''s Wedding" about the son of an Iraqi cleric in Melbourne.
I am both skeptical and intrigued. Is Netflix upping their Muslim-y movie game?
— The Salafi Feminist (@AnonyMousey) June 20, 2018
Oooh, that’s a tough choice! Dono dekh lo
Should I watch Ali's Wedding or Suno Chanda. I started #sunochanda today woop woop
— Afshan Ejaz (@achamomiletea) June 16, 2018
There was some shade thrown at ‘The Big Sick’
if yall wanna watch a muslim romantic comedy that doesnt pander to white people (th* b*g s*ck) watch Ali’s Wedding!!!!!!!!! it’s on netflix
— nids (@ndakrm) June 24, 2018
Ali’s Wedding was so good, def one of my fav Netflix Romcoms. Look at that, a Muslim romcom that’s not disrespectful to the women of their culture in favor of putting white ppl on a pedestal, and talks about culture + religion in a respectful way. Nanjiani ought to take notes.
— frantic kitten (@Marimari320) June 23, 2018
Baar baar dekho, hazaar baat dekho
@AlisWedding I have watched Ali’s Wedding 3x. It is so brilliant. Funny, endearing, true story. But did Osama Sami marry his Dianne?
— Aisha Jamil (@aisha_jamil) June 26, 2018