Arab Attraction

2010 / 115 min

 
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Barbara Wally, the former director of the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg has been known throughout Austria for her outspoken feminist views for decades. During a 10-day vacation to Yemen, she falls in love with a young chauffeur named Khadher and becomes his second wife. “In every conversation, it was imperative that I become Muslim”, she explains. “He doesn’t want me to end up in hell.” So this atheist Austrian converts to Islam, prays five times a day, and says goodbye to her beloved bacon. The heavyset woman with long, dyed red hair drastically revises her point of view and questions post-feminist Western society.

 

Watch this film, and your jaw may drop – if you can stop laughing …
– David D´Arcy, THE NATIONAL

… a remarkable film about a special woman …
– IDFA Catalogue

… a fascinating and intimate portrait of the Muslim faith.
– Sarah Wolfe, Salem FF