Where Do We Go Now?

Nadine Labaki‘s 2011 Where Do We Go Now? (Et Maintenant, On Va Où) centers on a village of Lebanese women who utilize indirect / unorthodox methods to ease the constant fighting between their Christian and Muslim brothers. Lengthy official summary as follows:

“Where Do We Go Now? tells the story of a remote, isolated unnamed Lebanese village inhabited by both Muslims and Christians. The village is surrounded by land mines only reachable by a small bridge.As civil strife engulfed the country, The women in the village learn of this fact and try , by various means and to varying success, to keep their men in the dark, Sabotaging the village radio, then the destroying the village TV’s sound box. Roukoz, a young boy, who’s job -along with Nassim, another boy- is to go to nearby towns to buy the villages produce and bring back various item, discovers the broken sound box and decides to use the churches speaker instead. He trips and falls and breaks the cross.

The next day, the congregation is gathered in church to celebrate the Sunday mass, The Priest preaches about the need to fix the church, and blames the broken cross on the wind, telling churchgoers to keep their cool and that their fellow villagers have nothing to do with it. Some time later the Imam discovers that some goats have found their ways into the mosque, As people starts to gather, A Muslim man blames a christian for what has happened and a small fight ensues. the Village is slowly drawn into violence, and the women , who get along beautifully conspire together to keep their men from fighting, including hiring Eastern European dancers to entertain their men. But as Nassim is killed while on an errand in a nearby town, the women are faced with a real test of wills. In an attempt to control the situation, they drug the men by mixing hashish inside sweet pastries and removing their weapons from the village.”

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Where Do We Go Now? (Et Maintenant, On Va Où)