The World Unseen (2008)

World Unseen
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG 13
Runtime 1hr 34mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Foreign, Period
Keywords 1950s, gay, novel, race relations
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Grethe Fox Actor Madeleine Smith 1 1000001
Nandana Sen Actor Rehmat 1 1000002
Parvin Dabas Actor Omar 1 1000003
Sheetal Sheth Actor Amina 1 1000004
Lisa Ray Actor Miriam 1 1000005
Colin Moss Actor De Witt 1 1000006
Roderick Priestley Actor Stewart 1 1000007
Natalie Becker Actor Farah 1 1000008
Rajesh Gopie Actor Sadru 1 1000009
Amber Revah Actor Begum 1 1000010
Bernard White Actor Mr. Harjan 1 1000011
Avantika Akerkar Actor Mrs. Harjan 1 1000012
David Dennis Actor Jacob 1 1000013
Shamim Sarif Director n/a 2 2000001
Hanan Kattan Producer n/a 3 3000001
Lisa Imerman Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Katherine Priestley Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Brigid Olen Co-Producer n/a 170 3000004
Daisy Allsop Associate Producer n/a 171 3000005
Shamim Sarif Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Shamim Sarif Source Material (from novel: "The World Unseen") 120786 4000002
Carole Prentice Line Producer n/a 161 5000001
Ferdi Burger Assistant Director n/a 163 5000002
Mike Downie Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
David Martin Editor n/a 172 7000001
Richard Blackford Composer n/a 120836 8000001
Shigeru Umebayashi Music n/a 120781 8000002
Tanya Tonder Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Hanan Kattan Casting n/a 179 10000001
Mito Skellern Casting n/a 179 10000002
Christa Schamberger Casting n/a 179 10000003
Danielle Knox Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Danielle Knox Wardrobe n/a 120823 13000002
Rajendra Hegde Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Synopsis
Free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community in South Africa by running a café, a safe haven of laughter, music and home-cooked food; a 'grey area' for those who fall outside the strict 'black and white' rules of the apartheid-led government. Café regulars include Amina's feisty waitress Doris, her gentle 'Colored' business partner Jacob and the sparky White local postmistress Madeleine. Long accustomed to the racial barriers of the country and its new laws, Madeleine and Jacob nevertheless share a budding attraction. Miriam, on the other hand, is a doting mother to her children and a demure and subservient wife to her chauvinistic, frustrated husband, Omar. Quietly intelligent, Miriam has never assumed that she may have choices in life. When Miriam meets Amina, their unexpected attraction throws them both off balance. Although Miriam manages to subdue her fascination with unconventional Amina, she finds herself slowly inspired to confront familiar and familial constraints. Shortly after their encounter Miriam moves to an isolated life in the country, but even here apartheid is placing its cruel footprint on society, and these injustices bring the two women together again, cementing the basis of their growing feelings. Meanwhile Jacob decides to pursue a love affair of his own and he and Madeleine begin a tentative, touching relationship. But the best intentions of both are overcome by practical challenges and indignities of simply spending time together. Even the fearless Amina, faced with the strength of her feelings and with the reality of Miriam's situation, starts doubting herself. And Miriam finds herself making some courageous choices that will change her own life forever.