Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Ali's Wedding


Year: 2017
Run Time: 110 minutes

Ali's Wedding
Ali's Wedding
Ali's Wedding
Ali's Wedding

As the son of a beloved cleric in the Muslim community in Melbourne, Australia, Ali is under extreme pressure to live up to his father’s revered reputation. In a well-meaning attempt to impress his family (and to prove his rivals wrong), Ali tells one big lie, which leads to a series of unfortunate, yet amusing, events that quickly spiral out of control. ALI’S WEDDING is the classic story of a young man caught between following his heart and making his father proud, mixed with the complexities of being a Muslim in Australia. Interweaving love triangles, accidental engagements, cultural divides, and a musical about Saddam Hussein, this charming romantic comedy is truly one of a kind. Hilarious and heartwarming, ALI’S WEDDING is based on the incredible real-life story adapted from the memoir Good Muslim Boy, written by Osamah Sami, who plays himself in the film. (In English, Farsi, and Arabic with subtitles) —G.S.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 11:20 AM

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:10 PM

Voices of the Arab World

International Narrative Competition


Jeffrey Walker

Jeffrey Walker was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia. He began his career as a child actor and started directing at the age of 20. He has directed numerous television projects in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

Dance Academy (2017), ALI'S WEDDING (2017)

Sheila Jayadev, Helen Panckhurst

Andrew Knight, Osamah Sami

Don McAlpine

Geoffrey Lamb

Principal Cast
Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires

Print Source

This film is presented with the generous support of THE PESSES/MEISEL FAMILIES.

Community Partner

Cleveland Comedy Festival

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