if you know Malappuram in Kerala & the dynamics of its Islamist politics, 'Halal Love Story' on Amazon Prime is very interesting & good -- about two guys (from Jama'at e Islami) who set out to make a film. Image
it speaks to a deep truth: even the orthodox enjoy cinema.

how then can they go about participating in a modern art that has its own grammar of presentation & aesthetic which doesn't efface the moral ambitions of their self-consciously fashioned antimodern views?
understandably, the filmmakers argue -- religion is not the opium of the masses. cinema is.

all this is done in a light, spoofy sort of way.

plus, good to see Malabari Malayalam spoken on the screen without caricature.
Serendipitously, I watched it when I was reading the autobiographical narratives by Olivier Roy about his remarkable life where he went from an Althusser inspired Maoist in 1960s Paris to his adventures with Afghan Mujahideen including Massoud to a scholar of religious politics. ImageImageImageImage

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