Go in Peace Jamil

Section: Elements of Crime
Directed by: Omar Shargawi

Ma salama Jamil
Denmark, 2008

Dir.: Omar Shargawi
Scr.: Mogens Rukov, Omar Shargawi
Phot.: Aske Alexander Foss
Editor: Anders Refn, Per Sandholt, Henrik Thiesen
Music: Anders Christensen, Lasse Mosegaard Jensen
Cast: Elias Samir Al-Sobehi, Khalid Alssubeihi, Salah El Koussa, Amira Helene Larsen, Dar Salim
Format: 35 mm; Colour; 90 mins
Contact: Danish Film Institute

The gripping drama focuses on Jamil, an Arab young man in Copenhagen who is involved in settling old debts – unwillingly, but no less violently. With his colourful Arab cast, Shargawi sketches the Arab immigrant community in a large western city in a mature and self-assured way. Hardly a word of Danish is spoken. The tragedy is driven by the power of family bonds and the loyalty and self-sacrifice between friends, the religious boundaries within the Arab community and Jamil’s love for his little son and his wife, from whom he has become alienated.

„Go in Peace Jamil is about Arab people in a Western country. The story is based on the cultural, religious and traumatic ballast many Middle Eastern refugees carry along when they arrive at their new home in the West. Somehow, I also let my story’s characters spring out of peoples’ prejudices about Arabs, but first of all I want to show that Arabs are not just bad-tempered maniacs with bombs around their waists. I want to get inside their minds and show the sorrow and privation many Middle East people feel. At the same time I would like to illustrate the beauty of the Arabic culture, the way the sophisticated Arabic language is being used and the warmth and tenderness, which exist between most Arabs.” (Omar Shargawi)

See also:
Boarding Gate The Devil Dared Me To
Em4Jay Eye in the Sky
Flower of Seduction JAR CITY
Just Another Love Story A Man’s Job
Suburban Mayhem WWW: What a Wonderful World
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