A true story. Unfortunately.
After a reckless lie sets off a catastrophic chain of events, Ali, the son of a Muslim cleric, finds himself caught between his sense of duty to his family and following his heart. The film features a diverse and vibrant Australian cast including Don Hany (TV’s Offspring), Robert Rabiah (TV’s Tomorrow, When the War Began), Ryan Corr (Holding the Man) and newcomer Helana Sawires.
Ali’s Wedding is an affectionate and entertaining story about family, duty and love in multi-cultural Australia .
Co-written by actor, writer and comedian Osamah Sami (Saved, TV’s Jack Irish) and Andrew Knight (Hacksaw Ridge, The Water Diviner), is based on a true story from Sami’s life.
Based on Good Muslim Boy, Sami’s critically acclaimed book, it is the Winner of an Australian Academy Award for best original screenplay.
The film won the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at last year’s Sydney Film Festival.
“Thematically, it’s very universal,” says first-time feature director Jeffrey Walker. “We sought to limit the divide between all the various Australians that are captured in the film.
“What we ultimately end up talking about are family pressures, love and the things that ultimately affect all of us, regardless of our background.”
“It’s a film. It’s not a didactic. It’s not a manifesto,” says Sami, himself the son of a Muslim cleric, whose family came to Australia as Iraqi refugees. “It’s a story that transcends the screen. It’s a story of love, and it doesn’t matter who you are or what’s the colour of your skin – love’s always a win, you know.”
Ali’s Wedding is available to stream on Netflix