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A former Pakistani rock star attempts to adjust to life in New York City while simultaneously making friends and selling coffee from a push cart on the streets of Manhattan in Iranian-American director Ramin Bahrani poignant, character-driven drama. By day Ahmad (Ahmad Razvi) tends to hurried Manhattan-ites by keeping their bellies full and ensuring that they are adequately caffeinated, and by night he supplements his income by selling bootleg porn DVDs. Though Ahmad hopes to one day raise enough money to purchase a place of his own and reunite with his estranged son, times are tough in the city and the hard-working immigrant soon strikes up a tentative friendship with fellow countryman Mohammed (Charles Daniel Sandoval); a generous but sometimes condescending soul who readily takes the fledgling New Yorker under his knowing wing while offering additional work decorating his apartment. Spanish immigrant Noemi (Leticia Dolera) works at a newsstand near Ahmad's cart, and also finds herself warming to the haunted former rock-star's timid ways. As Ahmad, Mohammed, and Noemi gradually begin to socialize together, a tragedy in Ahmad's past soon prompts the struggling New York newcomer to question the true nature of his current relationships. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:September 8, 2006

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Michael Simmonds Best Cinematography 2006 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Ahmad Razvi Best Actor 2006 Nominee

Cast

Ahmad Razvi
as Ahmad
Leticia Dolera
as Noemi
Charles Daniel Sandoval
as Mohammad
Ali Reza
as Manish
Upendran Paniker
as Noori
Arun Lal
as Father-In-Law
Razia Mujahid
as Mother-In-Law
Hassan Razvi
as Ahmad's Son
Shaana Diya
as Club Worker
Mousa Kraish
as Guy In Karaoke
Thomas Russo
as Customer
Katharyn Yew
as Karaoke Waitress
Nicholas Elliot
as Falafel Customer

Crew

Ramin Bahrani
Director
Pradip Ghosh
Producer
Ramin Bahrani
Producer
Bedford Tate Bentley III
Producer
Ramin Bahrani
Screenwriter
Michael Simmonds
Cinematographer
Peyman Yazdanian
Composer (Music Score)
Ramin Bahrani
Editor
Nicholas Elliott
Art Director
Charles Dafler
Art Director
Anura Idupuganti
Co-producer
Brian Bell
Co-producer
Tom Donahue
Co-producer
Lisa Muskat
Executive Producer
Scott Booth
Executive Producer
Vinay Jayaram
Executive Producer
Steve Sabba
Executive Producer
Sanjay Motwani
Executive Producer
Elena Kouvaros
Costume Designer
Chris Gebert
Sound Mixer
Tom Efinger
Re-Recording Mixer
Nicholas Elliot
Assistant Director
David Frisco
Title Design
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