I have a million questions in my head having seen the Dear Dom (Mintoff) docu-film on Friday morning. The first is, why aren’t all local productions (especially TV) as professionally done as this one ? The others are gaps in my knowledge, which I will endeavor to fill in before I get the chance to vote in the next elections.
The film is targeted at the local community and so assumes a level of knowing – I picked the brains of my ‘colleagues’ on a couple of points, but will go again when I’m not watching it as a reviewer. The overall perception is balanced, though had they needed an actor to step into the role of Dom Mintoff, Woody Allen and his enthusiastic gesticulations would have been a good choice. Anyone that goes to see this film will have their own bias’, their own family story, their own point of view, indeed, I’m sure my father is one of the soldiers in one of the scenes, but I am also sure people’s memories will be rekindled, both positive and negative.
I used to come to Malta for Summer holidays before settling here in 2006, but had no idea of the situation that the Maltese were living in. I’m selfishly glad I didn’t, as I may have never ended up here, although, had these times not happened, ironically, I would unlikely be in the Malta I am today.
Showing at Eden Cinema from March 23rd.