The documentary, of journey, home and treasure by South African filmmakers, Feizel Mamdoo and Dumisani Dlamini, traces their own journey to the “Festival of the Dhow Countries” in Zanzibar to seek from this kaleidoscope of cultures a vision for the relations between African and Indian in South Africa. The documentary feature will be screened in September at main city centres (see infor below).
Dlamini, is of African and Indian Tamil progeny whose accommodation of this is unsettled by existing social and cultural divides. Mamdoo, of Muslim Indian descent, is painfully conscious too of the divides between African and Indian South Africans as he strives for recognition and definition of his African identity.
However the filmmakers’ issues of identity transcend in discovery to realms unimagined when the film was first shot in 2000.
In Stone Town, Zanzibar, Mamdoo is jolted into connection with his birthplace, "Fietas", and grows to appreciate that the treasure of an integrated identity he seeks is not in some distant future, but back from where he comes. Mamdoo discovers his issues of journey, homecoming and identity to resonate profoundly with the outlook of the Sufi mystic Rumi, more especially after Dlamini, is one day found dead.
Featuring the reed flute music of Deepak Ram and evocative thematic instrumentation by Jeremy Karodia & The Mavr!x, this art documentary has a strong audio-visual narrative that draws on the Sufi spiritual meaning and symbolism of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi..
The feature documentary, of journey, home and treasure,will be screened as follows
Sun 13 Sept / 4.15pm – Maponya Sterkinekor, Soweto
Sun 20 Sept / 8.15pm – Rosebank Cinema Nouveau, Johannesburg
Sat 19 Sept / 4.15pm – V&A Nouveau, Cape Town
Mon 12 Oct / 6.15pm – Musgrave Sterkinekor, Durban
of journey, home and treasure
Director: Feizel Mamdoo
Producers: Feizel Mamdoo and Patrick Vergeynst
Associate Producer: Dumisani Dlamini