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A Wedding (French: Noces) is a 2016 internationally co-produced drama film directed by Stephan Streker. It was screened in the Discovery section at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival
Lina El Arabi as Zahira Kazim
Sébastien Houbani as Amir Kazim
Babak Karimi as Mansoor Kazim
Neena Kulkarni as Yelda Kazim
Olivier Gourmet as André
Alice de Lencquesaing as Aurore
Zacharie Chasseriaud as Pierre
Aurora Marion as Hina Kazim
Much celebrated until very recently, multiculturalism suffers now a great deal of criticism. Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, Theresa May, also other voices coming from the left began to realize that there was something wrong; that the promised paradise of peaceful integration is not not really happening. But why? Aix-la-Chapelle in France is one of the many multicultural cities that exist today in the Western world. It is, like the others, segregated, even in terms of geographical division: Asians live with Asians, including Pakistanis with Pakistanis.
Apart from campuses, apart from white people who increasingly date Asian people, no one mingles with anyone. Are the two phenomena (1. the growing solitude of contemporary Western man or woman, 2. the growing multiculturalism of society) related? I really cannot say. Too many changes have taken place since the 1960s, multiculturalism has been just one of them. In fact, I think that all the radical phenomena of the 1960s, such as the struggle against traditional values, political extremism, feminism, the loss of religion, the sexual revolution, as well as the disorderly urbanization itself, and the growing immigration flow have been responsible for social disintegration.
It isn’t debit everything to the account of multiculturalism, but the latter does create, undoubtedly, problems like those shown in this fine melodrama. The idea of a multicultural society arose from (i) liberalism, (ii) the primordial economic function played by immigrants, (iii) university campuses. Western schools are temples of multiculturalism. People from everywhere, regardless of race or religion, mix and coexist almost always in peace. Hence the idea must have arisen that, if this works in sectors, why should it not function in society as a whole? Zahira, 18, is close to her family until her parents ask her to follow the overwhelming Pakistani tradition and choose a husband for herself.
Torn between family customs and her western lifestyle, the young woman then turns to help from her brother, sister, friends and confidants. Personally, I ignore whether the Pakistani “culture” in fact is so totalitarian in its anti- heuristic traditions. But we need to differentiate multiculturalism from immigration. Immigration has always existed, multiculturalism is something relatively new. In the old days, there was the expectation that an immigrant would adapt to the country to which he or she emigrated, adopting its language and customs.
This didn’t happen in all cases, but it did nearly always. Today, chances are exactly the opposite: the immigrant shall maintain his own culture, and this should be “respected” by the society that welcomes him, even if it is a barbaric habit like the extirpation of women’s clitoris, or an arguable habit like pre-marital sex or abortion. Today multiculturalism is the official policy in most of the West. It is partly the result of technological and social changes, but also forced against the wishes of the majority of the population by governments and politicians more interested in votes than in social welfare.
Just like a pendulum, fashions and societies change. It is quite likely that, just as welfare state money is ending rapidly and leading to crises and conflicts in all that is place, there will also be a violent reaction against multiculturalism in the coming years. Then, sauve qui peut (la vie)…