‘Mayfair’ - An estranged son must break the rules to save his family (and their criminal empire) when his overbearing father falters.
Fri 2 Nov 2018
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Fired from a refugee camp, prodigal son Zaid Randera returns home to Mayfair where his overbearing father Aziz – a businessman and occasional money launderer – is facing death threats. Bitter at his father and unwilling to get his hands dirty, how far will Zaid go to protect his family?
‘Mayfair’ takes the classic gangster genre, one that peels back the layers of moral hypocrisy beneath the crime boss’s veneer of respectability, and locates it in Mayfair, Johannesburg, in 2016. This is a suburb that was once defined as “Indian” by the architects of apartheid, but has since become a melting pot of new migrants from across the continent.
When the money goes wrong, everything goes wrong.
Computer whiz and prodigal son Zaid is on a quest for spiritual discovery. As an international aid worker, he lives as far away as possible from his father, Aziz Randera, a successful importer-exporter and occasional money launderer and loan shark.
But when he is fired from his job in a refugee camp for ignoring the rules by actually doing good rather than shuffling papers, Zaid returns to Johannesburg and to Mayfair, an Indian Muslim enclave, for the first time in years.
At home, everything has changed. The old neighbourhood is full of new immigrants with clashing customs. Business has been tough – his father is in over his head as a result of a soured deal with ruthless Somalis. Smelling blood, young Turks are circling the family business.
Zaid remains reluctant to become involved but when Ameena, his first love, and Faiza, his baby sister, are kidnapped after a failed cash-drop intended to resolve the Somali deal, will he finally get off the fence and choose between saving his family and preserving his faith?
Zaid is fighting to be a good man in an evil world, but this world is fighting back.