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About the film

Barakat, an Urdu word meaning “Blessings,” is a charming gem of a film. The characters are wonderfully observed, and the scenarios authentic, humorous and heartwarming without ever becoming sentimental. Told with gentle humanity stemming from filmmakers with lived experience, this is a rare and insightful glimpse into the heart of the Muslim, Malay, mixed-race community of Cape Town, seen through the prism of one family’s travails as they grapple with the ups and downs of life, love and familial relationships in a way that is recognisable and relatable. This Barakat achieves in spades. It’s a tender triumph for common humanity.

Closing night film for the 2020 Film Africa Festival in London, UK. Officially selected for Black TIFF 2021 and the 2021 Pan African Film Festival

Amy Jephta


Ephraim Gordon, Amy Jephta

Director of Photography

Ebrahim Hajee


Vinette Ebrahim, Danny Ross, Mortimer Williams, Joey Rasdien, Keeno-Lee Hector, Quanita Adams, Bonnie Mbuli, June Van Merch, Leslie Fong


Bonus Content

This delightful conversational interview with Mnet interviewer Kaye Ann Williams plummets the intrigue and the integrity that went into the making of Barakat by long time film making partners Amy Jephta (writer and Director) and Ephraim Gordon, (Producer and Writer)

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