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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.
The documentary takes the audience literally to child's perspective and observes the surrounding world from there. With beautiful cinematography and music it's a memorable experience. Though the film lacks a strong script or thematic focus as it deals with broad issues such as religion, friendship, culture and terrorism, it succeeds in looking at these difficult topics from its 6-year old protagonist's perspective.
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