A Man of Good Hope

* Mark Dornford May

Producers: Mark Dornford May, Pauline Malefane, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor
Production Companies: Isango Ensemble and Film and Music Entertainment (IRE)
Mark Dornford May
Writer: Tim Price

Genre: Comedy

Synopsis: South Africa. A mixture of South African and Somalian go to the cinema and watch the same story: Asad’s story. Serially betrayed by the people who promised to care for him, Asad lived his childhood at a skeptical remove from the adult world, his relation to others wary and tactical. He lived in a bewildering number of places, from the cosmopolitan streets of inner-city Nairobi to the desert towns deep in the Ethiopian hinterland. By the time he reached the cusp of adulthood, Asad had honed an array of wily talents. At the age of seventeen, in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, he made good as a street hustler, brokering relationships between hard-nosed businessmen and bewildered Somali refugees. He also courted the famously beautiful Foosiya, and, to the astonishment of his peers, seduced and married her. Buoyed by success in work and in love, Asad put twelve hundred dollars in his pocket and made his way down the length of the African continent to Johannesburg, South Africa, whose streets he believed to be lined with gold. And so began a shocking adventure in a country richer and more violent than he could possibly have imagined.

Based on the book by Jonny Steinberg.