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The World Unseen (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama | 3 April 2009 (UK)
A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era.

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Miriam
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Amina Harjan
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Omar
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Rehmat
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Jacob (as David Denis)
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De Witt
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Farah
Rajesh Gopie ...
Sadru
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Mr. Harjan
Avantika Akerkar ...
Mrs. Harjan
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Begum
Leonie Casanova ...
Doris
Roderick Priestley ...
Stewart
Ethan Sarif-Kattan ...
Sam
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A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era.

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving sexuality, and violence | See all certifications »
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3 April 2009 (UK)  »

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Die verborgene Welt  »

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$9,031 (USA) (7 November 2008)

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$16,832 (USA) (21 November 2008)
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According to director Shamim Sarif when this film was sent for consideration to a film festival in Dubai, the DVD was mailed back to them with a note, which simply stated "the subject matter does not exist". See more »

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I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
Written by Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas
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A different view of South Africa and Apartheid
10 September 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I had the good fortune of seeing this magnificent film at the Toronto International Film Festival. Once a year, sometimes twice I see a film that makes my three movie a week habit all worthwhile, something that is so honest and pure that it's like watching a little piece of Heaven come to life on the screen in front of you. The World Unseen was that for me. I don't want to give anything away. I'll simply say that Writer/Director Shamim Sarif works from her heart and her soul delivering a movie that obviously meant the world to her. Lisa Ray, so wonderful in Water, had me in the palm of her hand, pencil her in as an actress to watch in the future. And Sheetal Sheth was a revelation.

Set in the Indian community of Cape Town during Apartheid, The World Unseen looks through the politics, around the issues and shows us the world that is the lives and loves of two young woman, one very traditional, one anything but.


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