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Nazreen, the only child of Tashreeq and the late Ayob Mohammed (a staunch Muslim family) invites her boyfriend, Khanyolwethu, over for supper to finally meet her mother. Nazreen's mother has no idea that the guests on their way are the Radasis, a well-meaning Xhosa family. As the tension within each family reaches boiling point, they need to survive the supper.

  • Shaaheen Nell
  • Shaaheen Nell
  • Ayabulela Willem
  • Jessica Schroeder
    Key Cast
    "Nazreen Mohammed"
  • Hlumelo Dyantyi
    Key Cast
    "Khanyolwethu Radasi"
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Romantic Comedy
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 6, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    300 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
  • Language:
    Afrikaans, Arabic, English, Xhosa
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri Alexa Classic
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • AFDA Graduation Film Festival
    Port Elizabeth
    South Africa
    November 23, 2019
    AFDA Film Festival
Distribution Information
  • AFDA - The School For The Creative Economy
    Country: South Africa
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Shaaheen Nell

Shaaheen Nell is a upcoming young director based in South Africa, He recently completed his BA in Motion Picture Medium from AFDA - The School For The Creative Economy. In July of 2019 Shaaheen jetted off to the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF), where he took part in the Zanzibar Student Mentorship Programme. Shaaheen brought new ideas and techniques home with him which helped him write and direct his latest work.

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Director Statement

Bismillah is an attempt to provide local and international audiences with a glimpse into the lifestyle and subculture of the modern day Muslim South Africans.