Muslim youngster Cassim (Riaad Moosa) is ordered to take over the family’s textile shop and his strict dad Ebrahim (Vincent Ebrahim) won’t hear a word about Cassim’s stand-up dreams. It’s a “coming of age” story somewhat, as Cassim tries to balance his love – comedy – and his family’s expectations. It also goes inside the often misunderstood and unexplored Muslim community that dominates Joburg’s suburb of Fordsburg.
“The performances mark Material as more than a competently produced South African film, but something far more profound and affecting, a story that touches on the joy and pain of family, of honouring your parents and breaking their hearts at the same time, finding inspiration in the mundane, feeling part of a community and, perhaps, finding love,” writes Shaheema Barodien at channel24.com.
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