The World Unseen

Synopsis: A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Shamim Sarif
Production: Regent Releasing/here! Films
  8 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


Cape Town, South Africa, 1952


Good day, Amina.


Good day, Jacob.

Sergeant Stewart.

So, she finally got the place opened?

Nice business to have.

I imagine it is.

These new laws are making life

bloody hard for the police.

They're not making it a picnic

for the rest of us either.

My colleague's waiting in the car.

He has a problem with

this sort of thing.

You know it's an offence for blacks

to eat in the same place as whites.

There are no whites here.

Present company excluded.

As non-blacks then.

This is an Indian area.

Maybe coloureds, but no blacks.


You know they have passes.

I want to see them. Now!

This is only a travel permit.

Yes, sir.

Where's your pass?

But I don't have a pass, sir.

I'm coloured, not black.

Yeah, you look like a Kaffir to me.

Her father was Dutch,

like mine.

You understand, Jacob, it's

going to be difficult...

Stewart, what are you talking

to these people for?

Calm down.

You keep serving blacks and

we'll kill the lot of them.

Ma'am, it would be safer

for you to leave now.

You don't have to pay for the...

I can finish my coffee, mister ...?


Jacob Williams.

I'm Madeline Smith.

You run the post office.

Well, you come in it.

You're Amina's business partner,

aren't you?

Ah, well, no,

I just work for Amina.

Oh, I'm sorry. I forgot.

Partnership would be illegal,

wouldn't it?

Thank you, for shielding me

from the police.

Would you excuse me?

What is it?

My grandmother.

We'll get a new glass,

a new frame.

Are you OK?

And you?

I'm not so old that I can't

dive for cover.

Not to mention

flirt with the customers.


Come in here and get ready

for school, both of you!

Thank God we are moving out

in a couple of months...

before the next one comes.

Say goodbye to papa.

OK, Sam, Yasmine, upstairs!

Go! Brush your teeth, get your books!


He said yes.

We can go.


Out for lunch!

To the "Location Caf".

I can't believe our husbands

are letting us out of here.

Come on, Miriam. Get dressed!

Good morning!

I'm so sorry.

Amina, I'm sorry.

Thank you, Doris.

Please, leave it.

They have staff to do that.

Good morning, ladies.

- Good morning.

- Good morning.

Our special today is lamb bredie

and I have some nice fresh "koeksisters".

What are "koeksisters"?

It's a South African delicacy.

A fried doughnut

with syrup and coconut.

Here, try one!

See if you like it.

It's delicious.

Good. I'll send some over and I promise

I'll try not to drop them this time.

She thinks a lot of herself.

Maybe she should.

She owns a business and

she's one of us.

No, she's not.

Where do you see any of

our girls looking like that?

Like what?

Are you blind?!

Like a man.

Maybe it's easier to work

in trousers.

Daddy, is it far?

I told you, Delhof's in the country.

You'll like it there.

Will we have a house there

like our old one?

We'll get a much bigger & better

than the old one.

With a big shop underneath.

Who'll work in it?

I will. And your mother. And we'll

have a boy to help us.

And we'll have a night watchman

to guard the place at night.

Shall we leave?

We'll need to work hard,

that's all.

She would've been

proud of you.

Hello, Bhai.

Mrs Benjamin is making

some tea.

She says you should

go and help her.

How hard is it

to make tea?

Here. It will give you

some energy.

Are you OK?

Shall I call her?


No, I'm OK.

Going already?

Yes, I need to go

to the shop.

Don't worry about it.

Your sister-in-law's there.

Here, love. You have

a nice cup of tea.

Thank you, Mrs Benjamin.

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Shamim Sarif

Shamim Sarif (born 24 September 1969) is a British novelist and filmmaker of South Asian and South African heritage. more…

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