News Agencies – May 10, 2011
Who says Muslims can’t be funny? That’s the tagline for a project by a French team that has produced 18 short movies in the last two years that take a humourous look at being a Muslim in France. With 14 million hits on its website, the project has attracted attention, but it has had trouble moving into mainstream television.
The Bordeaux-based filmmakers – known collectively as A part ça tout va bien (Besides that, everything’s fine) – have taken on the tricky subject as the French government has been debating secularism and the role of Islam in society. Some of the films are longer, with more involved plotlines, but all deal with what comedian and co-founder Hassan Zahi, 29, calls “human folly”.