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The district of Molenbeek-Saint-Jean in Brussels has become world-famous as a center of jihadism, but for six-year-old Aatos and his friend Amine, it is a familiar home. Here, they listen to spiders, discover black holes, and fight about what is going to steer a flying carpet. Together they search for the answers to life's big questions. But the brutality of the adult world makes itself known when terrorists detonate a bomb in the neighborhood. Aaatos envies Amine's Muslim faith and looks for his own gods, although his classmate Flo questions him; she is strongly convinced that anyone who believes in God is completely nuts. Gods of Molenbeek is a wonderful portrayal of childhood friendship, inquiry and the creation of meaning in a chaotic time.
Beautiful depiction of religion and culture from child's perspective
The film is beautifully filmed and takes the spectator to the child's perspective as the camera literally observes the surrounding events from six-year olds perspective. The film describes numerous subjects from religion to multiculturism to terrorism and it is interesting to see how the children in the film construct their world relating these issues. The cinemography and music are beautiful and bind the overall film as a memorable experience. Though the film lacks a strong thematic scriptural coherency, the filmmakers focus seems to bring the world of the children as close as possible to the spectator which results into a unique film.
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