When Monaliza Smiled, we smiled.
Many familiar faces attended the private screening of the new Jordanian romantic comedy “When Monaliza Smiled” film yesterday at the Royal Film Commission yesterday. Faces that included many well known bloggers, online faces, and young talents involved in the local films scene.
The film that is set to hit local theaters soon is another major milestone that highlights the emergence of a dream to create a film industry in Jordan. The film industry which is still at its infancy, has no pre-set formulas, no expectations and no previous success stories to copy. All what it has is some very well trained and talented young Jordanians who are courageous enough to take on the challenge of doing their own experimentations and carve the stone for generations to come.
That what makes this film unique in many ways.
It is VERY much “Jordanian”. A love story that builds comical situations on highlighting stereotypes in this country with a romantic lens that gives a “feel good” to the whole experience. It smoothes the hardship of reality with the tenderness of love. A glimpse of light that brought hope back to my heart knowing that no matter how social restrictions grow, humanity will always find a place for love and happiness.
Ironically the cheerful part of the film came from the Egyptian worker main character. He added an Egyptian edge that reminded us of how much we love Misr. A bridge that was smartly (not sure if intentionally) built between the infant Jordanian film industry and that well established historical Egyptian film legacy.