19 July 2011
Imam and I
At the 32nd Durban International Film Festival 2011
Imam and I is the debut feature length documentary by independent South African filmmaker
Khalid Shamis and will be screening at this year’s DIFF in Durban.
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
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.
Imam and I was voted best film overall and won the audience award at this year's Encounters
film festival in South Africa.
“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 DIFF screenings are:
Saturday 23rd July, 2pm at the NuMetro Cinecentre Suncoast - Filmmaker in attendance.
Thursday 28th July, 5pm at the Royal Hotel.
Tickets can be purchased through DIFF:
Watch the trailer here:
Contact: Nawaal Deane - PR for tubafilms
For telephonic interviews: Khalid Shamis: +27 837000149