Coffee & Allah

2007
14min
Short
Synopsis: 

Coffee & Allah is a film about a young Muslim woman’s appetite for coffee, Islam and a good game of badminton. When Oromo Ethiopian Abeba Mohammed moves to suburban Mt Albert to unite with her sister under the refugee family reunion quota, she has nothing but her faith in Allah, a taste for Ethiopian coffee, and a zest for life to sustain her. From behind her purdah, and no knowledge of English, Abeba struggles to make a connection with the people of her new homeland. Nonu, a Samoan barrista at the local coffee shop takes a shine to her. But, the cultural chasm separating them seems unbridgeable until one afternoon, a spontaneous game of badminton with an unknown neighbour ultimately leads Abeba to accept Nonu’s gift of friendship.

Status: 
Released
Genre: 
Drama

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Director of Photography
Art Director
Festival/Awards: 
2007 - Venice Film Festival, Valladolid International Film Festival. 2008 - New Zealand International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, CFC Worldwide Film Festival.
Technical information: 
Colour, 35mm, 1.1:85

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