Infidel Film Review


Having heard of the film “Infidel” I was sure it would be one of comedy and tolerance. I was then incensed to hear David Baddiel, writer of the film talking to the audience prior to the showing, describing it as one for Muslims and Jews and “all the Christians can **** off.” How is that for tolerance?

This is a Christian country and as Christians we have welcomed those of different faiths. Please help me to understand why it is acceptable to tell Christians to **** off?  If I stood up and told Muslims or Jews to **** off, I would have a riot on my hands. I am incandescent with rage that in my own country, as a Christian, I am being ridiculed and sworn at.

I do not expect anything to come of this because as always British forbearance and the Christian acceptance of which I am so proud will mean comments such as that which David Baddiel made will be allowed in order to support freedom of speech and the human rights of non-British citizens.

Upon approaching David Baddiel after the showing of the film, his only reply was: “I’m a comedian, that’s what I do”. When the Prophet Mohammad was depicted in a newspaper cartoon, there was rioting and demonstrations across the Muslim world causing 100 deaths. All of which was accepted as freedom of speech. When Christianity is mocked, it is funny and we are supposed to accept that.

Where are my rights as a Christian in this country?

Why is my religion not respected by those of different faiths?

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Having witnessed the ignorance and arrogance of David Baddiel, I have, I hope, reviewed The Infidel as impartial as I can.

The first thing I noticed while queueing for entrance to the cinema was a sea of brown hair. I couldn’t help but wonder whether the nature of the film would be lost to those within its own culture. Looking around me in the cinema all the people around me were educated, middle-class. The purpose of the film, that of tolerance, acceptance and understanding advertised to those with little tolerance, little acceptance and little understanding.

On the other hand, it was refreshing to witness those not known to laugh at themselves to do just that. I did go with high expectations, which unfortunately the film did not meet. With Omid Djalili as the lead, I was hoping for laughs yet couldn’t help but wonder whether Omid Djalili is now playing his race card a little too much and indeed whether he is popular among the non-Iranian community. Do people admire Omid Djalili due to his talent or just because he is Iranian?

The film was very slow and predicable. In fact in my opinion, Omids talent and size of character outshines the film and any message it carried (through no fault of Omid himself). In the end, the film remained simply as a production starring Omid Djalili an Iranian comic actor playing a Muslim who finds he has been adopted from Jewish parents. The only laugh out loud moments are in the preview of the film and so after watching it I was left wondering what the hype was indeed all about.

One thing did come to light for me. Both those of the Jewish and Muslim faiths believe everyone is against them. Perhaps they are not so different after all. As the famous saying goes: “like and like don’t mix”. One thing for sure though is that the Christian culture/religion is no longer mainstream in Christian Britain.

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