The World Unseen

In: Drama, Movies

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Genre: Drama, romance
Language: English
Director: Shamim Sarif
Producer: Hanan Kattan
Written by: Shamim Sarif
Length: 94 minutes
Year: 2008

Principal cast:
Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, ParvinDabas, Nandana Sen, David Dennis, Grethe Fox, Colin Moss, Natalie Becker Rajesh Gopie, Bernard White, Avantika Akerkar, Amber Rose Revah,Leonie Casanova, Roderick Priestley, EthanSarif-Kattan.


Fest Awards:

SAFTA Awards:
Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Ensemble Cast
Best Writing
Best Editor
Best Production Designer
Best Costume Designer
Best Make Up/Hair Stylist
Best Sound Designer

World Cinema Best Director. Phoenix International Film Festival.

Woman’s Favourite Feature Award. Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Best Director, Feature. Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Best Actress. Grand Canarias G&LInternational Film Festival.

Audience Award. Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

Best Feature. Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.

Silver Medal. Verzaubert Film Festival.

Audience Award, Best Feature. Paris Feminist& Lesbian Film Festival.

Best Debut Feature. Rehoboth Film Festival.

Best Actress, Sheetal Sheth – Ibiza International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, 2009

Best Leading Performance in a Feature-Length Film,Sheetal Sheth – Out Takes Dallas

Shamim Sarif, International Lesbian/Bi Womanof the Year. The VisibilityAward.

In 1950′s South Africa, apartheid is just beginning.
Free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community in South Africa by running a cafe, a safe haven of laughter, music and home-cooked food; a “grey area” for those who fall outside the strict “black and white” rules of the apartheid-led government.
Cafe regulars include Amina’s feisty waitress Doris, her gentle “Coloured” business partner Jacob and the sparky White local postmistress Madeleine. Long accustomed to the racial barriers of the country and its new laws, Madeleine and Jacob nevertheless share a budding attraction.
Miriam, on the other hand, is a doting mother to her children and a demure and subservient wife to her chauvinistic, frustrated husband, Omar. Quietly intelligent, Miriam has never assumed that she may have choices in life.
When Miriam meets Amina, their unexpected attraction throws them both off balance. Although Miriam manages to subdue her fascination with unconventional Amina, she finds herself slowly inspired to confront familiar and familial constraints. Shortly after their encounter Miriam moves to an isolated life in the country, but even here apartheid is placing its cruel footprint on society, and these injustices bring the two women together again, cementing the basis of their growing feelings.
Meanwhile Jacob decides to pursue a love affair of his own and he and Madeleine begin a tentative, touching relationship. But the best intentions of both are overcome by practical challenges and indignities of simply spending time together.
Even the fearless Amina, faced with the strength of her feelings and with the reality of Miriam’s situation, starts doubting herself. And Miriam finds herself making some courageous choices that will change her own life forever.
Using the stunning South African landscape and jazz tunes of the time, The World Unseen explores a system that divides white from black and women from men, but one that might just allow an unexpected love to survive.