I thought I will not survive 24 days in Melbourne, but I do. Today is the last Ramadan and tomorrow we will celebrate Eid ul Fitr. It is a weird feeling, I don’t feel the Ramadan festivities, no hustle and bustle of people preparing to break the fast, no adzan echoed, no mosques anywhere around my flat, Ramadan in a non-muslim country really feels different if not lonely. It is good though, I know I will spend my entire life in Indonesia, so this is an experience I want to have.
InsyaAllah, tomorrow I will pray Ied in Melbourne University. Since weekend train has limited access especially early in the am, I will stay the night with a new friend I coincidentally met last week in a community gathering for Orang Minang. That day my flat mate asked me to break the fast in her friend’s house. She said there will be a lot of Indonesian people gathered in South Morang. I said yes and we went to South Morang, a north-east suburb from Melbourne Central City. It’s really far. We stopped at the last train stop; it’s not even in the map yet because it’s a new rail extension.
Oh, yesterday was the Independence Day of Indonesia (17/8). I didn’t go to KJRI to attend the flag ceremony because it’s quite far from Caulfield. I spent the week watching 17 movies to celebrate the independence day :p (oh well, I was just too lazy to study and read journal, so I watched movies instead). Here are the list:
- Kite Runner
- A Separation
- Fetih 1453 (Conquest 1453)
- The Stoning of Soraya M
- 3 Idiots
- Mr. Nobody
- She’s the Man
- He Loves Me… He Loves Me Not
- The Lucky One
- The Patriot
- The Five-Year Engagement
- Game Change
- The News Room (HBO TV series)
Most of the movies I watched are heavily focused on Islam and its practice in Muslim countries like Afghanistan, Turki, and Iran. I miss watching different movies and some movies I watched gave me more than an entertainment, it opened my eyes to different things in the other side of the world. Most of them made me sad.
It is not the first time I watch Kite Runner, I also read the book long before I watched the film.
The Kite Runner is a 2007 American drama film directed by Marc Forster based on the novel of the same name by Khaled Hosseini. It tells the story of Amir, a well-to-do boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, who is tormented by the guilt of abandoning his friend Hassan, the son of his father’s Hazara servant. The story is set against a backdrop of tumultuous events, from the fall of the monarchy in Afghanistan through the Soviet invasion, the mass exodus of Afghan refugees to Pakistan and the United States, and the Taliban regime. (wikipedia)
This morning I read BBC News about the ministry of education in Afghanistan that will not mention some key information in Afghanistan history to bring unity of the people (read: Why Afghanistan’s past is being ‘rewritten’)
Osama is movie I picked from movie suggestion generated by Youtube. The main character of the movie disguised herself as a boy, Osama, to be able to work so she can support her mom and grandmother after all the men in the family died because of war. Taliban were repressive to women and didn’t allow them to work. This movie is also heart-wrenching. Made me sad, especially when I see what happened to the women during Taliban regime. I feel very grateful to live in an independent country where women are having equal treatment as men.
Offering a different angle of story, A Separation tells a life of a separated couple in Iran. Getting divorced is not a common thing there. I love the intrigue woven into the story.
Well, there are more opinion about the 17 movies I watched, but it’s almost time to break the fast, so I will keep it for next time.
Alhamdulillah this Ramadan is full of blessings; I get a chance to study abroad (which has been my life-time dream), go to different continent, fasting in a non-muslim country and still healthy despite the extreme weather.
Happy Ied ul Fitr, Taqaballahu minna wa minkum. May Allah accept our saum and all of our acts of Ibadah, forgive our sins and all our shortcomings. May the guidance and blessing of Allah be with us. Amien.