Make laughter – not war is focus of film premiere at Mercyhurst

Make Laughter Not War
Set in a remote village where the church and the mosque stand side by side, the film “Where Do We Go Now?” follows the antics of the town's women to keep their blowhard men from starting a religious war. Women of the town are heartsick from losing the men they love to violent religious conflict – so they distract them in the biggest, zaniest ways they can muster. Their clever ruses range from faking a miracle to hiring a troop of Ukrainian strippers.

The heartfelt and hilarious film will make its Erie premiere on Friday, Dec. 7, at Mercyhurst University’s Taylor Little Theater as part of the Maria J. Langer Film Series.

The inspiration behind “Where Do We Go Now?” originated from the conflict between two of Lebanon’s opposing political parties which led its followers to take to the streets with weapons to fight their own neighbors. Lebanese writer and director Nadine Labaki finds a fresh angle to explore Christian/Muslim tensions, using laughter and humor to add humanness to a serious subject.

In an interview with Film3Sixty Magazine, Labaki says the concept for the film originated from her own musings on how she would react if her own son had an inkling to take a violent approach to a religious conflict.

“I started to think about my son and I thought, what if he was 18 years old now and he was tempted to do the same, to take weapons, what would I do? And I thought, yes, I would find him a nice, very attractive girl to distract him.”

The film, an official selection in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, has won several awards, including the coveted People’s Choice Award at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival – beating out two George Clooney films to do so.

Show times are at 2:15 and 7:15 p.m. Cost is $6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, $4 for President’s Cardholders and free for Mercyhurst students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased by calling 824-3000 or by visiting miac.mercyhurst.edu.
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