THE LIGHTER SIDE, CIRCLE AWARD

Barakat

AMY JEPHTA
South Africa, 2020
103 minutes, Color

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Two years after the death of her husband, Aisha Davids wants to gather her family before the Muslim holiday Eid-al-Fitr and share news about her relationship with a kind doctor who has just proposed. Of course, things don't work out so neatly. Everybody—from her sons to her busy-body neighbor to others in the close-knit community—has an opinion about Aisha's situation. This very amusing and heartwarming film about a middle-class Coloured Muslim family is set in a suburb of Cape Town. The community has been there for many generations but has rarely been represented on screen. It's the first feature film in the regional/cultural dialect of Afrikaaps. Screenwriter and first-time feature film director Amy Jephta and producer-screenwriter Ephraim Gordon offer audiences a South Africa not in the news. Barakat, an Arabic word meaning blessings, is a story about celebrating life, culture, and the importance of family. It's South Africa's entry for the Academy Awards®.—Cornelius Moore

In Afrikaaps and English with English subtitles


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