Recently I was asked to pick my “Best Six,” i.e. pick my “favorite (six) things from the last six months” for a regular feature in “Art South Africa” magazine. Here they are. Filmmakers Dylan Valley (also an AIAC contributor) and Khalid Shamis, in the image above, were part of the list. I added the hyperlinks.
If you’re in Cape Town or Johannesburg this week, come watch my film ‘Jumu’a: The Gathering’ at the Encounters International Documentary festival. The film is centered around a few characters in Cape Town’s Murabitun community — Muslims who differ somewhat from Cape Town’s ‘traditional’ Islamic population. They follow a Scottish Shaykh, Dr Abdalqadir as-Sufi, also […]
All the talk in the South African film world is all about the comedy “Material” these days, starring Cape Town stand-up comedian Riaad Moosa and Vincent Ebrahim of the popular BBC show The Kumars at No. 42. I recently saw Material and I have to say it didn’t disappoint. Set in Johannesburg’s predominantly Indian area of Fordsburg, it follows a young Muslim shopkeeper, Cassim Kaif (Moosa), on the cusp of taking over the family business upon the insistence of his father.
http://vimeo.com/10372207 I chanced upon this 10-minute short film, “The Killing of the Imam,” which recounts the murder of Muslim cleric, journalist (he founded the newspaper “Muslim News” in 1960) and political activist (he was closely linked to the Pan-Africanist Congress), Iman Abdullah Haron, by Apartheid police in South Africa in 1969. The police claimed he […]