RELEASE: Thu 16 Jul


Arun Karthick
Thu 16 Jul

The gentle Nasir is living a hard life in the south of India: his adopted son is mentally handicapped, he barely has enough money to feed them both, Hindus treat him like shit for being a muslim. But Nasir still manages to look at the bright side of everything.

Nasir is a gentle man with a hard life. He has to scrimp to pay for his daily shopping, sometimes even missing meals. His adopted son Iqbal has the body of an adult, but the mind and vulnerability of a toddler. In spite of it all, Nasir remains optimistic. He writes love letters to his wife and declaims his poetry, which silences even the most idiotic loudmouth.

Nasir is also a Muslim in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, where Hindu nationalism has taken on ever more virulent forms in recent decades. Propaganda constantly booms from loudspeakers everywhere in the public space. His boss at the textile store makes little effort to hide his contempt for Muslims. The customers treat Nasir as a doormat. In the meantime, Nasir starts worrying about his wife, who is out of town for a few days, and wonders whether he would be better off as a migrant labourer in Abu Dhabi. 

Arun Karthick
Koumarane Valavane, Sudha Ranganathan, Yasmin Rahman, Sabari, Bakkiyam Sankar, Rajesh, Jensan Diwakar
78 min
Thu 16 Jul
India, Netherlands, Singapore
Tamil; Dutch subtitles

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