COFFEE & ALLAH
Director: Sima Urale
Short film | NZ | 2007
14 min | Dolby SRD
42nd Hof International Film Festival
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 burqa, and no knowledge of English, Abeba struggles to make a connection with the people of her new homeland. Nonu, a Samoan barista 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 neighbor ultimately leads Abeba to accept Nonu’s gift of friendship.