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Mayfair

BY SARA BLECHER

Computer whiz and prodigal son Zaid is on a quest for spiritual discovery. As an international aid worker, he lives as far away as possible from his father, Aziz Randera, a successful import-exporter, and occasional money launderer and loan shark.

But when he is fired from his job in a refugee camp for ignoring the rules and actually doing good rather than shuffling papers, Zaid returns to South Africa and to Mayfair, an Indian Muslim enclave in Johannesburg, for the first time in years.

At home, everything has changed. The old neighbourhood is full of new immigrants with clashing ways. Business has been tough; his father is in over his head as a result of a soured deal with ruthless Somalis. Smelling blood, young turks are circling the family business.

Zaid remains reluctant to become involved but when Ameena, his first love, and Faiza, his baby sister, are kidnapped after a failed cash drop to resolve the Somali deal, will he finally get off the fence and choose between saving his family or preserving his faith?

Zaid is fighting to be a good man in an evil world, but the world is fighting back.

MAYFAIR takes the classic gangster film – one that peels back the layers of moral hypocrisy beneath the crime boss’s veneer of respectability – and locates it in Mayfair, Johannesburg, in 2016. This is a suburb that was once defined as “Indian” by the architects of apartheid, but has since become a melting pot of new migrants from across the continent.

It is the story of the relationship between a father and a son. The son rejects and abhors everything about his father’s moral choices, until he learns that his father once had to make the exact same choices he is now being forced to make. As much as he wishes he and his father weren’t the same, in the end he realises that they have much in common.

Directed by a woman, MAYFAIR offers a female perspective on a genre that is distinctly male, and a story that is about manhood.

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FESTIVALS & AWARDS

BFI London Film Festival 2018

Africa in Motion Film Festival 2018

BIFAN Film Fesitval 2018

ORIGINAL TITLE

Mayfair

YEAR

2018

GENRE

Feature Film – Thriller

DURATION

91 min.

ORIGINAL LANGUAGE

English

COUNTRY

South Africa

DIRECTOR

Sara Blecher

WRITER

Neil McCarthy

CAST

Oris Erhuero, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Ama K. Abebrese

PRODUCTION

Real Eyes

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