I went with the Faith and Light Community to watch the movie Ghadi. The movie is a social comedy, which won many awards.
the pictures are nice, the colors, the comedy part describing the Lebanese customs and behavior in a village all those things are funny.
But What I disliked, Big time Disliked is how the movie is not related at All to Ghadi!!
Who is Ghadi? In the movie Ghadi is a child that has a mental handicap. The movie is entitled Ghadi, but for me, the child Doesn’t appear in the movie at all!!! Even on the billboards , the ads of the movie are not related to Ghadi, but picture the dad and the mum on a bicycle! why?
We didn’t meet Ghadi in this Movie!!!
we met he father Leba (Alias Georges Khabbaz) and his ideas and plot to make a story related to an “angel”.
Ghadi the handicapped boy, is pictured in this movie as an “angel” but even this we didn’t see!
he never mingled with the people of the “mshakkal” village he is supposed to live with!
the movie show us a small boy always sitting ALONE!! always sitting in his boxers and “flanella” ,
always alone! and just socializing with his father, mother and sisters!!
a Handicapped person can socialize, can communicate, sorry let me correct it, the only interaction I have noticed in this movie that is supposed to turn around a handicapped boy, was when he smiled and tried to make his neighbor Takla smile while mimicking his daddy.
a special case, can socialize, and can communicate, shouldn’t always be featured sitting on a balcony alone, just looking at people from behind bars,
again, I loved the visuals and the actors who played and showed us the Lebanese ways of living in a village,(sex worker, butcher, hairdresser….) but and again, I disliked the message behind the story of the angel , and I was furious when I didn’t see ghady (the small boy that is a special case) having Any kind of communication, or any role, or any socialization in this movie!!
in Faith and Light we don’t see the special cases as special anymore, even the worse handicap is seen as “normal” and we try to make everybody participate in our activities. the aim of FL, for example is to help people to go out from the home circle, to let people KNOW, Mingle, and discuss with special cases!! discussion and communication, even listening are a way to know special cases better!!
I didn’t like how ghadi never get down from his home, stayed sitting on the window, always played alone, never mingled with other fellows from the village, ghadi was pictured and stereotyped even more as a special case, as a different case, and as an abnormal case!
bref, this Is my humble opinion!
here is the trailer of the movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGkDvVlFXbk
“Published on Sep 25, 2013
The trailer of Ghadi, a film by Amin Dora, a social comedy written by and starring Georges Khabbaz giving you a closer insight about a special kid and the struggles of his humble family. Expect strange phenomena to affect the behavior and beliefs of their little Lebanese town’s population.”