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The Umbrella Men

When musician Jerome Adams flies into Cape Town for his estranged father’s funeral, he finds his dad has bequeathed him his beloved Goema Club, as well as the care of The Umbrella Men minstrel troupe. Unfortunately, the Club comes with a huge overdraft, due in two weeks for repayment to the bank on penalty of repossession engineered in a shady deal by Tariq Cupido, a long-time family rival. Jerome decides to rob the bank itself under cover of the annual carnival parade when thousands of troupes will invade the streets, amongst them Tariq’s troupe, The Maulers, who are competing against Jerome’s Umbrella Men. And as Jerome reconnects with friends, and community, he learns about himself and why he must stay in this special place.

Director

John Barker

Screenwriter

John Barker, Philip Roberts, Lev David

Executive Producer

Werner Barkhuizen

Cast

Jacques da Silva, Keenan Arrison, Shamilla Miller

Awards

Nominee – Toronto International Film Festival 2022
Nominee – Contemporary World Cinema Award Best Film 2022
Winner – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Achievement in Script Writing 2023
Winner – Film Africa Audience Award Best Film 2022

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