Sunday, April 27, 2014

KVR Sunday Cinema (4/27): The World Unseen #LGBTApril

Every other Sunday, I feature a romance movie here on Kinky Vanilla Romance. This month I am featuring movies, two Sundays in a row, in honor of #LGBTApril.*

Last week, we watched I Can't Think Straight (2008), based on the book of the same name.

Today I am featuring The World Unseen (2007), also based on the book of the same name. The film was written and directed by Shamim Sarif and starred Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth. You can check it out (free and legal) via Hulu.

In 1950's South Africa, apartheid is just beginning. Free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community in South Africa by running a cafe, a safe haven of laughter, music and home-cooked food. - Hulu

Movie | Aired on 02/15/2008 | PG-13 | 1 hr. 33 min.

I am going to start watching at 5 pm EST today. Have you read The World Unseen or seen the movie?

Movie Synopsis

In 1950′s South Africa, apartheid is just beginning.

 Free-spirited Amina has broken all the rules of her own conventional Indian community in South Africa by running a cafe, a safe haven of laughter, music and home-cooked food; a “grey area” for those who fall outside the strict “black and white” rules of the apartheid-led government.

Cafe regulars include Amina’s feisty waitress Doris, her gentle “Coloured” business partner Jacob and the sparky White local postmistress Madeleine. Long accustomed to the racial barriers of the country and its new laws, Madeleine and Jacob nevertheless share a budding attraction.

Miriam, on the other hand, is a doting mother to her children and a demure and subservient wife to her chauvinistic, frustrated husband, Omar. Quietly intelligent, Miriam has never assumed that she may have choices in life.

When Miriam meets Amina, their unexpected attraction throws them both off balance. Although Miriam manages to subdue her fascination with unconventional Amina, she finds herself slowly inspired to confront familiar and familial constraints. Shortly after their encounter Miriam moves to an isolated life in the country, but even here apartheid is placing its cruel footprint on society, and these injustices bring the two women together again, cementing the basis of their growing feelings.

Meanwhile Jacob decides to pursue a love affair of his own and he and Madeleine begin a tentative, touching relationship. But the best intentions of both are overcome by practical challenges and indignities of simply spending time together.

Even the fearless Amina, faced with the strength of her feelings and with the reality of Miriam’s situation, starts doubting herself. And Miriam finds herself making some courageous choices that will change her own life forever.

Using the stunning South African landscape and jazz tunes of the time, The World Unseen explores a system that divides white from black and women from men, but one that might just allow an unexpected love to survive. - See more at Enlightenment Productions.

Movie Trailer
Official UK trailer for The World Unseen


*LGBT Month is hosted by Cayce at Fighting Dreamer and Laura at Laura Plus Books. It runs throughout April and it’s here to celebrate LGBT readers, LGBT authors and of course LGBT books.

Laura Plus Books


  1. I'm in a middle of a k-drama marathon but I hope you'll enjoy your movie (and no I haven't seen/read it, but I'll look it up later). :)

    Don't forget to link-up your post (and the rafflecopter is still open as well):

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Cayce.

      I hope to be wake at 5 pm. Dewey's read-a-thon has wiped me out. :)

      What k-dramas are you watching?

  2. I didn't get my nap so I need reinforcements.

    I've got a glass of sweet tea loaded with sugar and bag of pretzels.

    Ready to press play!

  3. Love the opening song, "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free" performed by Nina Simone.

  4. IMDB Trivia: According to director Shamim Sarif when this film was sent for consideration to a film festival in Dubai, the DVD was mailed back to them with a note, which simply stated "the subject matter does not exist".

  5. Both I Can't Think Straight and The World Unseen were written and directed by Shamim Sarif, and starred Lisa Ray and Sheetal Sheth.

  6. Hi there! I somehow came across your blog through goodreads, so I figured to stop by and say hello! I am now following your blog through bloglovin and GFC!

    I'm so glad I stopped by because I really like the concept/theme of your blog. And when I came across this movie post and you explained how you feature movies on here every other week, I was hooked! I also post movie reviews on my blog and you just don't see many bloggers out there (at least book bloggers) that also post about film. I think it is cool that you do that. It shows your diversity.

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    Best Wishes,
    Mia @ The Muses Circle