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Riz Ahmed writes, produces and stars in this story of a British Pakistani rapper struck down by a mysterious illness on the eve of his big break.
Confident and confrontational, exhilarating in its willingness to constantly shift gears between absurdist comedy and vulnerable, introspective narrative.
Bassam Tariq and Riz Ahmed make for a dream pairing in this visual feast of a film about British Asian and Muslim identity. Ahmed stars as Zed, a rapper whose life comes to a standstill after an illness. Worried that he’s about to lose all that’s important to him, Zed quickly realises that an uncertain future in music and a bruised ego is the very least of his worries. As he turns inward, his sense of self begins to unravel, and hallucinations and deep conversations with a neglected family force him to question who he really is.
In perhaps the most challenging of his roles to date, Ahmed shines in this truly beautiful tale of a man in the midst of an identity crisis.
The Long Goodbye
Winner Best Short Film (Live Action) at the Academy Awards 2022
Actor and rapper Riz Ahmed weaves a lyrical and deeply personal tale of alienation typical of life as a British Muslim in a dystopian, not-so-distant future. It begins as a celebration of home and community that deteriorates, asking us to question what those things mean to people who are treated as ‘other’.
Aneil Karia & Riz Ahmed | 2020 | United Kingdom | English | 12 min
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