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Man Push Cart (2005)

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A night in the life of a former Pakistani rock star who now sells coffee from his push cart on the streets of Manhattan.

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Ahmad
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Noemi
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Mohammad
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Manish
Farooq 'Duke' Muhammad ...
Duke
Panicker Upendran ...
Noori (as Upendran K. Panicker)
Arun Lal ...
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Razia Mujahid ...
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Hassan Razvi ...
Ahmad's son
Mustafa Razvi ...
Pakistani Driver
Altaf Houssein ...
Altaf
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Final Customer
Abdelrahma Abdelaziz ...
Friend at Bar
Ronak Ricky Patel ...
Newstand Worker
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Club Worker
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Every night while the city sleeps, Ahmad, a Pakistani immigrant, struggles to drag his heavy cart along the streets of New York to his corner in Midtown Manhattan. And every morning, from inside his cart he sells coffee and donuts to a city he cannot call his own. He is the worker found on every street corner in every city. He is a man who wonders if he will ever escape his fate. Written by Anonymous

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Another gentle but capable soul befuddled by New York
27 April 2006 | by (Champaign, IL) – See all my reviews

And it's New York's loss, not his.

Saw this film this afternoon at Ebert's Overlooked Film Festival. The lead actor, Ahmad Razvi, is not a professional actor, but he holds his own very well. He told the audience after the screening that he had pushed a cart, briefly, but was self-employed when he was discovered by the director behind the counter of his own restaurant. However, in my opinion this is the director's, Ramin Bahrani, and cinematographer's, a guy named Simmons, film.

There is very little plot. It is about shining a light onto the life of one of the street vendors you can buy from in many of our larger cities, and never really think about. He has a story. Some people will be bored with it, but most of the more insightful audience members will never forget what they're so convincingly exposed to here.

This is Bahrani's first film, I believe, and it's certainly an indication of great things to come. He's taken the legend of Sisyphus in this his first outing and transformed it into something we can all relate to. And it's something we need to relate to given our current distrust of Muslims, ex-rock star or not. Somehow, though, I doubt that many working at Homeland Security are likely to see it.


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