Where Do We Go Now? Updated

Fun film, but further review still to come. [ETA: is now up!] I did, however, get a picture with the lovely director, Nadine Labaki, and her husband, Khaled Mouzanar, who composed the music. Yay for Q&A!

With Nadine Labeki and Khaled Mouzannar at SLC Where Do We Go Now? screening

I obviously did not read the film guide very thoroughly because when the strains of the first musical number began, I was definitely confused. However, the musical numbers grew on me. Where Do We Go Now? is about rising tensions between Muslim and Christian men in a small Lebanese town and the efforts of the women to prevent an outbreak of violence. This film was fine-tuned, carefully balancing tension and humor, drawing the audience in. The final twist had the entire theater laughing. I am not surprised that this film is on track to break the sales records in Lebanon set by Titanic and Avatar. Not only was the day gorgeous outside, but the change in weather meant that the people behind the film could trek down from Park City! I liked the film even more after hearing the director speak about her aim to raise awareness and tolerance and her firm belief in cinema as a force for social change.

~Nan

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3 thoughts on “Where Do We Go Now? Updated

  1. Wow, Kate & Nan, wow, I love that you liked Where Do We Go Now? (and that you got a pic w/Nadine Labaki!) I saw this film at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 2011) and fell in love with it immediately. I call it the film from 2011 that made me fall in love with film all over again (which I do about once every year.) Beautifully directed, written, performed. Haunting and empowering. Great post!

    • Well said, yourself! It really was enchanting, and has been one of the most optimistic films that I’ve seen this year. And it is empowering, as well; too often films simply report and don’t offer solutions. I loved, loved, loved the twist at the end but I don’t want to spoil the film, so I won’t say more! I am so glad that this was featured at Sundance and I hope it is released in North America.
      And thank you for both the comment and compliment. It’s always fun to discuss these films and the issues they confront.

      • Agreed! So often films made by women outside of the U.S. don’t get much (or any) attention, especially if from developing nations or nations that our media simply don’t pay much attention to, but the themes of their films are universal. By the way, Sony Pictures Classics picked up the distribution rights for this film a couple of months ago, so I hope to see it in American theaters sometime this year or in 2013!

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