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Middle aged Nasir works in a textile shop in Tamil Nadu. He is a Muslim and many extreme nationalist Hindus are very negative about that. A story about exclusion.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.


On Monday August 3 with English subs at 7:30 PM 

In the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, middle-aged Nasir is struggling to make ends meet. Even with his job in a fabric shop, scraping together enough money to support his family is a daily recurring daunting task. Some days, he cannot manage and even misses a meal, but he doesn't mind working hard and is above all a gentle and optimistic man. He is funny, making others laugh with his jokes, and he writes poems that he recites to his colleagues. Nasir is also a Muslim, which many Hindus in India see as a problem. Anti-Muslim propaganda is blasting from loudspeakers in the streets, customers treat him like dirt and even his boss can hardly manage to hide his contempt for Muslims. Wouldn't it be better to move to Abu Dhabi?

In his second feature, director Arun Karthick shows how the intolerance of extremist Hindu nationalism is relegating people to second-class citizens. Of course, this situation cannot remain without consequences.

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