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Closing Night European Premiere: Barakat + intro

A family struggles for reconciliation after the death of the father.

Please note there will now be a pre-recorded intro video rather than the previously listed Q&A.

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South Africa 2020
Dir Amy Jephtah
With Vinette Ebrahim, Joey Rasdien, Mortimer Williams
103min
English subtitles

How does a family reconcile after the death of a father? This is the dramatic question at the heart of South Africa's first Muslim film in Afrikaans. Aisha Davids, a widow, gathers her estranged family together to announce her engagement at an Eid-ul-Fitr celebration, but the news meets with disapproval. As the family waits for the moon, deep rifts come to the fore. Recounted with humour and tenderness, Barakat (Arabic for ‘blessings’) is a story of love, forgiveness, reconciliation and acceptance.

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