Kings of Mulberry Street

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Film Info
Section:Family Films
World Cinema
Mind the Gap
Country:South Africa
Running Time:87 min.
Director:Judy Naidoo
Producer:Judy Naidoo
Bianca Isaac
Screenwriter:Judy Naidoo
Cinematographer:Greg Heimann
Cast:Aaqil Hoosen
Shaan Nathoo
Amith Sing
Neville Pillay
Keshan Chetty
Thiru Naidoo
Note Writer:Jeff Campbell


Screening note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am PT on Friday, October 9, and 11:59pm PT on Sunday, October 18, and is available to ticket buyers and passholders within the United States.


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Real life is not like the movies, but don’t tell that to charismatic Ticky, a nine-year-old troublemaker who runs across rooftops and rakishly finger-combs his long black hair like a genuine Bollywood action hero. Perhaps, like Ticky’s timid new neighbor Harold, you’ve never heard of superstar Amitabh Bachchan or Masala films—that unique Indian mash-up of gritty violence, slapstick comedy, melodrama, and musical—but no worries, man… Ticky will teach you, the same way he recruits Harold to be his unlikely partner to take down the local hoodlum, Raja, who is terrorizing both of their impoverished families. Set in 1989 and shot on location in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province, featuring a fun, foot-tapping soundtrack, this paean to classic 1980s Bollywood keeps the focus where it should be: on the budding, moving friendship between two struggling boys who need each other more than they know. Definitely, don’t miss the exuberant, end-credits song-and-dance. Age 11+


Please note: This film contains some mild profanity, threats of violence, and references to drug use and drug dealing.


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Additional Information

Judy Naidoo is a South African filmmaker. She holds a Masters Degree in Producing from the National Film and Television School in the UK. Under the umbrella of Ladybug Films (a company Judy established in 2002), she produced and directed several documentaries, commercials, and short films. Judy produced the award-winning animation short Kahanikar (The Storyteller), which was long-­listed for the Oscars® in 2012. Judy’s debut feature film Hatchet Hour (2016) won the Best Foreign Film award at the LA Femme International Film Festival, and Best Picture and Best Director at the New Hope Film Festival. Kings of Mulberry Street is Judy’s second feature.