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Voice of freedom

entertainment Updated: Jul 19, 2008 17:40 IST
Srishti Jha

Director Ahmed Boulane comes out with a thought-provoking ensemble of powerful characters playing out contemporary political situation in a modern Islamic state. The state's intolerance of anything that is modern comes out too starkly when a group of young musicians is put through a traumatic trial for their alleged crime against Islam and anti-religious antics. The trial and tribulations of this young music band that is beautifully captured on celluloid, touch a human chord among the ordinary people who rise against the fundamentalist regime,

Based on a true story, the Moroccan movie The Satanic Angels begins with a scene in which a band member Ali plans to throw a surprise party for his girlfriend and the other members help him in organising the same.

Suddenly, the story takes a twist when without forewarning the police raids the place arresting 14 members for practicing Satanism (evident from their gothic look- weird piercings, nastily quoted black T-shirts, messed up tresses and metallica posters).

The band mainly comprised of teenagers from middle-class families, like Momo (Youssef Chakiri), Hicham (Youssef Britel) who lived with the notion that they all have the freedom to live life and make choices.

The absurd charges like shaking the foundations of Islam by practicing satanic rituals shakes their belief. Momo's multi-ethnic parents seek help from a war journalist Hakim (Mansour Badri). The trials raise some hope when the lawyers (Elhachmi Benamar, Amal Ayouch) defend the youngsters by saying that music or attire has nothing to do with the law and they can't be prohibited.

Devil worship and sense of style …come on…what link??

It looks unbelievable when the common man raises a voice and rebels for justice against such an accusation.

With lot of efforts put in for law to take action, final victory takes place; a concert goes on to celebrate free will and liberty. The titles at the end make your sob when it says that 14 fundamentalists suicide bombers explode themselves at central places. It makes one think that nothing has changed and nothing can change in Islamic states where free will is associated with "Satanism".