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THE WORLD UNSEEN

Director: SHAMIM SARIF

UK/SOUTH AFRICA • 2007 • 112 MINS


Set in Cape town in 1952, the door is opened on the tightly-knit community of South Asians in South Africa. In the pressure cooker of apartheid South Africa, two beautiful women meet and their worlds are turned upside down. Miriam (Lisa Ray) is all things traditional—a dutiful daughter, a doting mother and a demure and subservient wife to her husband Omar (Parvin dabas). Amina (Sheetal Sheth) is all things radical—single, free-spirited, independent, she runs the Location Cafe, wears trousers and lets her hair flow. in the face of outraged disapproval, their friendship flourishes into something much more. in a system that divides white from black, black from Asian and women from men, what chance is there for an unexpected love to survive?

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