In Sara Blecher's (AYANDA, OTELO BURNING) groundbreaking, multicultural gangster thriller, Zaid (Ronak Patani) is an international aid worker based in East Africa. After an altercation that results in his being fired, he returns home to Mayfair, a Johannesburg suburb that was once defined as "Indian" by the architects of apartheid, but has since become a melting pot of immigrants from across the continent. Zaid's overbearing father, a complex businessman who moonlights as a money launderer and loan shark, faces death threats after a deal with a gang of ruthless Somalis collapses. Initially reluctant to involve himself in his father's affairs, Zaid has no choice when Ameena (Kelly-Eve Koopman), his first love, is kidnapped. Blecher delivers a taut, finely tuned thriller guaranteed to keep you on tenterhooks. Official Selection, 2018 Durban and London film festivals. (Note adapted from London Film Festival.) DIR Sara Blecher; SCR Neil McCarthy; PROD Dayo Ogunyemi. South Africa, 2018, color, 91 min. In English. NOT RATED
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