Divorce Aussie Islamic way
Delhi has some Aussie culture this week. There’s a festival of Australian Documentary Films at the India International Centre. It’s been organised by the The Walkley Foundation showcasing some of their winners. I found the listing at the last minute on my favourite events website Delhi Events and was out of the house in a flash. I actually reached on time despite it being rush hour such was my determination!! Why was I so keen, you may well ask. Well a) I’m researching Australia with great interest and depth and b)since I write about divorce the first film was a must see. It’s called Divorce Aussie islamic way and is a sensitive offering by Jennifer Crone – the director. Her production company produces sensitive and groundbreaking work and I tend to agree. This film looks at those muddied waters and throws some light on all the issues involved.
Couples with different religious customs probably find getting together easier than divorcing – there’s a much greater incentive to be with the person you want to marry than there is to divorce. Divorce is tough and even more complicated when the social and religious customs differ.The film explores Islamic divorce in Australia through the eyes of four or five couples involved. The couples approach the Australian Islamic Judicial Council, an unofficial group of sheikhs based in Sydney – to get their Islamic divorce. They want this in addition to the Australian divorce.
A trailer of the film will give you an idea of what I saw. Made in 2011 and 57 minutes long it takes one through a gamut of emotions.
I first felt and intellectual curiosity. But this soon gave way to regret and sadness as I saw what the couples were going through and felt the echoes of my own divorce. It came across very clearly that despite the intensity with which one longs for divorce there are sad feelings too, on both sides.
Those who grant the divorce are also affected by what they need to do. One of the Sheikhs said that he prays daily asking god – what have I done? Why do I need to do this?
The film also focused on the impatience of the women, followed by their relief and joy.
Would you watch this film, given the chance? Why?