Sara Blecher | South Africa 2018 | 1h34m | English and Somali with English subtitles | 15
In acclaimed South African filmmaker Sara Blecher’s latest feature, dutiful son Zaid returns to the teeming immigrant neighborhood of Mayfair, where he lives in the shadow of his father, Aziz, a thriving import-exporter with a murky side racket as a money launderer and loan shark. When a murderous rival gang threatens the family’s business, Zaid is forced back into the life he’d hoped to leave behind, struggling to figure out right and wrong in a world where the two aren’t as clear cut as they seem.
Twisting the classic gangster tale, Mayfair is based on a true story, told to Blecher by two young men from the real neighbourhood of Mayfair in Johannesburg. Blecher utilises gangster film tropes to highlight the difficult and often tense morality struggles that exist within people’s everyday lives.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with lead actor Ronak Patani chaired by South African film producer Firdoze Bulbulia.