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Cassim is a young Muslim man who works in his father's fabric shop in Johannesburg. However, Cassim wants to be a stand-up comedian, which his father disproves of. When he gets a gig at a local bar, he has to find a way of keeping it a secret.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Riaad Moosa ...
Cassim Kaif
Vincent Ebrahim ...
Ebrahim Kaif
Joey Yusuf Rasdien ...
Yusuf (as Joey Rasdien)
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Fatima Kaif
Krijay Govender ...
Dadi Kaif
Zakeeya Patel ...
Aisha Kaif
Carishma Basday ...
Zulfa Ahmed
Royston Stoffels ...
Rafiq Kaif
Quanita Adams ...
Shareen
Afzal Khan ...
Faheem
Mel Miller ...
Merv
Nik Rabinowitz ...
Dave Gold
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Osman Ali ...
Shanawaaz
Mark Bennett ...
Performer in stand-up bar
Rosalind Butler ...
Customer at Rafiq's shop
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Cassim is a young Muslim man who works in his father's fabric shop in Johannesburg. However, Cassim wants to be a stand-up comedian, which his father disproves of. When he gets a gig at a local bar, he has to find a way of keeping it a secret.

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If he told you the story of his life you would probably think he was joking.

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Material - a beautiful story about pursuing your dream
15 February 2012 | by (South Africa) – See all my reviews

This movie made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think, it made me want to see it again.

The performances are all incredibly strong, even the restrained mom, who watches her family been torn apart. Her son's love for stand-up comedy, conflicts with his conservative Dad's plans for him to take over the fabric shop in down-town Johannesburg.

The film is beautifully made. It is sensitive and insightful to Muslim tradition and to the history of the time and the area.

More than that it's an emotive, funny, clever and inspiring story about family, about choices, and about love.

I highly recommend it, and am going to see it several times!


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