24 May 2011
Imam and I World premiere at Encounters Film Festival
Imam and I is the debut feature length documentary by independent South African filmmaker Khalid Shamis and will be premiering at this year’s Encounters International Documentary Film Festival in June in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Imam and I is a fascinating and detailed personal journey through the life, death and legacy of little known apartheid struggle hero Imam Abdullah Haron. The film is an intricate blend of archive, animation and live action interwoven with recollections and stories of those closest to the Imam.
Khalid, the filmmaker who is also the Imam’s grandson, paints a portrait of the Imam as a family figure through all the myth that surrounded his death and legacy.
Imam Abdullah Haron was one of the only voices from the Muslim community of Cape Town to stand up against the injustices of Apartheid during the 50s and 60s. For this he was incarcerated and killed in detention in Cape Town on September the 27th, 1969.
The filmmaker explores questions of identity, memory, betrayal and sacrifice as well as the role of the Islamic community of the Cape during apartheid’s ‘dark days’.
Imam and I intimately reveals the traumatic effects the Imam’s family suffered after his demise. It is a brave attempt of the filmmaker to understand himself, whilst laying testament to a past that, for a long while, had remained forgotten.
“The film casts a magical spell on you by pulling you deeper and deeper into the world of the Imam and his family, into the inside of a unique closely knit black community which very little has been written about never mind filmed, a remarkable feat which bears testimony to the determination of the filmmaker, whom has spent the last six years on this project.”
Rehad Desai – filmmaker
The Encounters screenings are:
Cape Town - Waterfront
Saturday 18th June at 18.00 - Q&A. Filmmaker in attendance
Thursday 23rd June at 20.30
Johannesburg - Bioscope
Tuesday 21st June at 20.00 - Q&A. Filmmaker in attendance
Contact: Nawaal Deane,
PR for tubafilms
For telephonic interviews: Khalid Shamis
(June 1st to 15th) Mozambique cell: +258 820267850
(June 16th to 21st) South Africa cell: +27 837000149