Monday, April 26, 2010
Has anyone watched Omid Djalili's new film 'The Infidel'?
Assuming you haven't, here's the basic plot line: A Muslim family man discovers he was adopted from a Jewish family, and along with his Jewish neighbour he goes on a hilarious journey to discover his new/old religion. As you can expect the film is full with insights about Islam, Judaism and the bridges that humour can build between the two.
I will start by saying that I have fairly enjoyed the film, and watching it with the home fans (all the Jews of North Finchley) it was a great experience, laughing in unison to a Muslim practising his Oi Vei! The problem is that this humour seemed to only go one way, and as in one scene Omid Djalili actually punched a Rabbi whilst is praying for a deceased, Islam remained hidden from the punches, physical and metaphorical. I guess that even in London of 2010 Islam is still untouchable, and that says a lot.