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Donkey in Lahore (2008)

An Australia puppeteer falls for a beautiful Muslim girl during his stay in Pakistan.


Faramarz K. Rahber
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Donkey in Lahore tells the real life tale of Brian, an Australian Goth whose skills as a puppeteer takes him on a journey that transcends borders, religion and love. While visiting Lahore in Pakistan to perform at a puppet festival, Brian meets Amber, 17. Ten years Brian's junior, Amber doesn't seem a likely match for this tear-away Goth. She's a devout Muslim and still lives at home with her tight-knit family. Yet in a whirlwind two-week romance during which the pair are never alone together, they fall in love. Over the next two years, Brian and Amber continue their relationship by correspondence. Brian converts to Islam in order to be accepted by Amber's family and so that he can marry her. Brian's struggle to marry Amber is fraught as he battles the Australian immigration system, costly trips between the two countries, his own religious conversion, lifestyle changes and last but not least the shifting demands of Amber's parents. What unfolds is a real life Romeo and Juliet tale ... Written by Axel Grigor

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Documentary | Drama



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English | Urdu | Arabic | Punjabi

Release Date:

25 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Faraway Productions See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Interesting...for 15 minutes
3 August 2011 | by MarieGabrielleSee all my reviews

Are Brian(Ahmir) and Amber still together?, does their family approve?. Will Brian take up his new religion and practice at the workplace in Australia?. Do we care?.

If they want to make a sequel, they need to answer whether audiences care or not. The puppeteer (how do you make money at that? is it feasible), and the young Amber, who hopes to get her Visa and live in Australia.

While parts of this documentary are interesting, the different culture , The Koran, and her family could have been explored more. Amber is lovely and their clothing and jewelry from the wedding is interesting, their lifestyle, etc.

Overall reality docudramas seem to be on the wane. While this topic could be interesting for those of us with an open mind, a lot of questions remain unanswered. It is interesting to see the streets of Pakistan and how people live. I had recently also viewed "Cairo Time" with Patricia Clarkson and it centers on her relationship with a colleague while she is on vacation in Egypt. The scenery and surroundings are intriguing. Parts of the country, the desert and the Nile are beautiful.

Lacks substance, but recommended.

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