Still of Nadine Labaki in Where Do We Go Now?
Where Do We Go Now?
Sundance Film Festival
Director: Nadine Labaki
Reading the short synopsis to the film, I thought I was walking into a political war narrative. Instead, Where Do We Go Now? greeted me with comedy, creativity and even song! In a small, secluded village in Lebanon, a group of women mourning their fallen husbands and sons due to the constant Christian vs. Muslim conflict tearing the world apart decide that they will not lose any more of their loved ones this way. Keeping the men of the village away from reports of conflict in the outside world, and coming up with creative and hilarious schemes to distract the men and remind them that no matter how each individual worships, they are all neighbors and brothers, these women work hard to salvage peace in their village.
Director Nadine Labaki does a wonderful job of stripping down a tragic and centuries-long conflict to what it truly is: ridiculous. From sabotaging the village's only television in an effort to keep the men from hearing the news, to hiring a bus-load of Ukranian strippers, the completely absurd schemes presented in the plot, though seemingly light and fun, are reflections on the absurdity of the war. Though the film is in Arabic, the hilarious back-and-forth banter between the group of women translates well in the subtitles, and the script is interrupted a few times for Bollywood-style musical numbers, giving the film another element of entertainment. However, though the film's execution is light-hearted, I truly hope that the subject matter is something that people take seriously. This film caters to a wide audience, and though it doesn't contain the horrific and violent images we usually associate with the subject matter, I feel that the result is even more powerful.
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