New Material

Garden Route International Film Festival

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None

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RATING:

10-12 PG DLPV

Cassim Kaif (Riaad Moosa) is a young Muslim stand-up comedian living in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. He is balancing the demands of a new marriage, a young child, and caring for his ageing parents. While his father Ebrahim (Vincent Ibrahim) has reluctantly accepted his son’s chosen career, it remains a simmering issue.
Cassim’s career is going reasonably well, but he performs mostly to Johannesburg Muslim audiences and yearns to expand his audience and his range. His best friend and agent, Yusuf (Joey Rasdien), has come to his rescue by planning a national tour for Cassim. Yusuf is totally out of his depths.
One of the many problems they encounter is raising sponsorship. They are forced into an uneasy alliance with their sponsor, notorious Laudium businessman Shabir Sulabie (Rajesh Gopie) who fancies himself as a showman. Yusuf believes it’s worth the risk and so the illfated tour begins.
From the outset the tour is beset with problems and soon veers completely out of control with a megalomaniacal Shabir wanting to share the stage with Cassim. It ends with their tour Kombi in flames and their fellow comedian Schalk (Schalk Bezuidenhout) having to defend them from Shabir’s muscle men with his questionable martial arts skills.
Cassim and Yusuf’s relationship is in tatters when he accepts an offer from flamboyant agent Gayton Silver (Kurt Schoonraad) to do a stint at the Montreal comedy fest. This is exactly what Cassim wanted. Or is it?
Cassim soon realises that he will have to make huge compromises. His faith is tested, his father’s health is suffering, and his marriage comes under intense pressure. Gayton wants him to change his material completely and endorse alcohol brands and soon Cassim needs to reassess everything he thought he wanted.