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Abu, Son of Adam

Salim Ahmed / India / 101 min / Malayalam with English subtitles / Color


India’s official entry to the 84th Academy Awards and 2012 Golden Globes is a meditative story of the determination of an aging couple to perform the Islamic pilgrimage of Hajj. This becalmed, revelatory cinematic experience unpretentiously explores virtue, loyalty, and devotion against the picturesque simplicity of rural Kerala.

A long-married couple, Abu and Aisu’s heartrending adherence to their religious and moral virtues is recognized by the people in their lives, who assist in raising finances for the pilgrimage while ruminating on what it means to live an honest life. As Abu and Aisu, Salim Kumar (known more as a comic actor) and Zarina Wahab contribute restrained, yet rich performances that form the heart of this beautiful tale of friendship and hope. Noted cinematographer Madhu Ambat’s extraordinary visuals capture Kerala’s lush natural beauty and also the gloomier, claustrophobic surroundings of Abu and Aisu, all without resorting to either postcard stereotypes or the glamorizing of its characters’ poverty.

Quiet and contemplative, this directorial debut won theGold Lotus for Best Film at India’s National Film Awards. Steeped in the ambience and beauty of Kerala, yet truthful to its contemporary struggles and issues, Abu, Son of Adam provides a fascinating window into Muslim life and culture in India’s south.

-Shwetika Baijal

Co-presenter: 3rd i films (3/11, 3/18)


  • Director: Salim Ahmed
  • Producer: Salim Ahmed, Ashraf Bedi
  • Cinematographer: Madhu Ambat
  • Writer: Salim Ahmed
  • Editor: Vijay Shankar
  • Cast: Salim Kumar, Zarina Wahab, Jaffer Idukki, Kalabha Van Mani
  • Sound: Isaac Thomas Kottukappally, Ramesh Narayan


March 11, 2012 12:00 pm
SF Film Society Cinema at New People
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March 18, 2012 4:45 pm
Camera 3 Cinemas
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