SA’s first Kaaps Muslim film wins an award

Picture: @barakatmovie, Facebook

The South African film ‘Barakat’ has won an award for ‘Best Narrative Feature’ at the 23rd Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and is the first Kaaps Muslim feature to have won in this category.

Barakat, which means “blessings”, is captured on the Cape Flats and centres on the experience of an Muslim woman that grapples with keeping her family together two years after the death of her husband and having to introduce them to the new love in her life which all unravels during Eid celebrations.

The Film tells a compelling narrative of Family, Culture and Life. However, with cast members such as Vinette Ebrahim, Joey Rasdien; Mortimer Williams, Keeno-Lee Hector and Danny Ross. The Likes of Quanita Adams; Bonnie Mbuli; Leslie Fong and June van Merch you can expect to have a good laugh.

Director Amy Jephta told IOL that The Reel Sisters Festival is dedicated to showcasing women’s experiences from a global perspective – and celebrates the art of film-making by women of colour.

The film is written by Amy Jephta and Ephraim Gordon who are the co-founders of Paper Jet Films. Amy is popularly known as a screenwriter and playwriter from Mitchell’s Plain who has three global feature film credits to her name for the movie Ellen: The Ellen Pakkies Story. Ephraim Gordon is a well known actor and producer and is known for his role in Nommer47.

The film is set to be released May 2021.

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