Wednesday, 14 April 2010

'The Infidel' film

Michael Theodoulou, The National, Omid Djalili, UK's Iranian comic, takes on the Muslim-Jewish divide, 12 Apr 2010 Piece on Djlalili and his new film 'The Infidel'. "Despite trying to communicate to audiences that he is a Baha’i, most Britons assume Djalili is a Muslim, which, he said, “I have no problem with … but I’m not trying to represent the Muslim faith.” He added in an interview in 2006 with the Independent on Sunday: “I defend Islam because I feel there’s a lot of Islamophobia in the world right now.”" There are plenty of reviews. This one by Philip French is particulalry useful: Guardian/Observer, The Infidel, 11 Apr 2010 "Ethnic identity and the troubling competition between religious groups have been perennial subjects for both tragedy and comedy, and for the melodramatic and sentimental spaces in between. Now with The Infidel, the author and Jewish stand-up David Baddiel, one of the sharpest and funniest men in Britain, has thrown himself into the fray at a time when the stakes are perhaps higher than ever before. Will he succeed where others have failed and how would his success be measured?"

The official website for the film is here: Here's a trailer:

I haven't seen it yet.