This is also reflected in an interesting way in Tiger Girl by Jakob Lass. A young woman intends to become a police woman but fails the admission exam. Consequently she turns to the private security industry. She meets a young woman - we’re never really sure if she’s a punk or a Nazi - whose anarchy the would-be police cadet finds liberating. Taboos are broken, thresholds are transgressed. Following a climax, the dynamics between them take a wrong turn and the wilder of the two discovers her moral compass. This total role reversal destroys their friendship. An interesting experiment. An emancipation which leads to something entirely horrific. Comparable to red lines that are being crossed by ISIS fighters. The anarchist-leftist bid to overthrow inhibitions is ultimately perverted.
Tahqiq fel djenna (Investigating Paradise) by Merzak Allouache scrutinises the “parareality” of fundamentalist Islamists directly... The starting point are YouTube videos of rather duplicitous
In Algeria people are as aghast as they are in our part of the world when they see these sermons – a good lesson for everyone who demonises Islam as a whole. In this film, a young journalist sets off to find out what the male world’s idea of paradise is. She finds 17-year-olds who parrot those idiots from the videos and are actually convinced that dying a martyr’s death is a good strategy for getting hold of “wine, women and song” as quickly as possible. A complete disaster.
And quite absurd. Is this naivety not laughable?
Sometimes, indeed. But that laughter sticks in our throats. It’s absolutely preposterous. In fact they’re basically chasing after the same lies that made Trump the president of the US. You really have to laugh about it, but not because it’s funny. The post-factual has washed away reality. Facts are being contrasted with alternative facts, the difference between reality and substantiality is turning into a different kettle of fish. That’s what we’re currently experiencing. We live in a time that doesn’t want to know what really is, just what currently prevails. “Getting away with it”, quite crudely and simply.