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The Screen Guide

'My wing was broken and it is fixed. I fly to peace again' says Mohammed Ali who, with his wife Halima Mubarak, are the owners of the Dhodaan Café, Flemington, a meeting place for the Somali refugee community in Melbourne. Having survived war in Ethiopia and Somalia, but suffered the loss of home and family, Mohammed and Halima arrive in Australia with a renewed optimism, and set about establishing their dream café. As their first year unfolds life is not as they expected. Mohammed is an optimist with an eye to the future, Halima patiently looks to resolving the past. In their dealings with the likes of local council, the immigration department, and marketing mavericks, we experience their cultural perspective of a world, ripe with humour and misunderstandings. Despite all, the Happy Day Feast is a celebration of their achievements.

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Crew

Director
Nicky Tyndale-Burke
Writers
Nicky Tyndale-Burke
Producer
Catherine Dyson
Dir. of Photography
Mark Pugh
Editor
Jane Usher

Production Details

Production Completion
1998
Genre
History and national identity
Production Company
Little Universe Films Pty Ltd

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Zanzibar International Film Festival
    (2000)