South African Film Festival

The Umbrella Men

Expired May 30, 2024 1:30 PM
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When musician Jerome Adams flies into Cape Town for his estranged father’s funeral, he finds his dad has bequeathed him his beloved Goema Club, as well as the care of The Umbrella Men minstrel troupe. Unfortunately, the Club comes with a huge overdraft, due in two weeks for repayment to the bank on penalty of repossession engineered in a shady deal by Tariq Cupido, a long-time family rival. Jerome decides to rob the bank itself under cover of the annual carnival parade when thousands of troupes will invade the streets, amongst them Tariq’s troupe, The Maulers, who are competing against Jerome’s Umbrella Men. And as Jerome reconnects with friends, and community, he learns about himself and why he must stay in this special place.

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  • Runtime
    115 minutes
  • Language
    Afrikaans, English
  • Country
    South Africa
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  • Awards
    Nominee – Toronto International Film Festival 2022 Nominee – Contemporary World Cinema Award Best Film 2022 Winner – SAFTA Golden Horn Best Achievement in Script Writing 2023 Winner – Film Africa Audience Award Best Film 2022
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  • Director
    John Barker
  • Screenwriter
    John Barker, Philip Roberts, Lev David
  • Producer
    John Barker, Dan Jawitz, Thembalethu Mfebe
  • Executive Producer
    Werner Barkhuizen
  • Co-Producer
    Linda Bogle
  • Cast
    Jacques da Silva, Keenan Arrison, Shamilla Miller
  • Cinematographer
    Motheo Moeng
  • Editor
    Saki Bergh
  • Composer
    Kyle Shepherd
  • Music
    Loukman Adams