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Coffee & Allah

Short Film (Full Length) – 2007

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In this gentle but moving short film, sparse dialogue makes way for visual storytelling and striking imagery  a colbalt blue purdah, a hedge as a badminton net, coffee roasting in the dark. Coffee and Allah follows Abeba (Zahara Abbawaaji), a young Muslim woman adapting to her new home of Aotearoa and striving to make a connection, even when language is a barrier. Marking the first collaboration between writer Shuchi Kothari and director Sima Urale — their feature film Apron Strings was released a year later — the film enjoyed overseas festival success, including selection for the prestigious Venice Film Festival.  

I grew up in Kenya because of the war. But thanks to Allah's grace, I am here now.
– Abeba (Zahara Abbawaaji)

Key Cast & Crew

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Eric De Beus

Editor

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Zahara Abbawaaji

As: Abeba

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Joe Folau

As: Nonu

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Shuchi Kothari

Writer, Producer

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Rewa Harre

Cinematographer

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Sima Urale

Director

See all 26 credits

Produced by

Nomadz Unlimited

Acknowledgements

Made in association with the NZ Film Commission's Short Film Fund

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