Abdullah Ibrahim — A struggle for love

… a portrait of the famous jazz musician Abdullah Ibrahim.

  • 2005
Abdullah Ibrahim — A struggle for love

A lush and philosophical portrait of the leading jazz musician and composer, focusing on his steadfast moral character as an activist and the deep sources of his musical imagination, both at home in South Africa and also in the many places he has lived in exile. Born in Cape Town and exposed to a rich variety of African, Indian, African-American and Islamic music, he first achieved success as Dollar Brand before fleeing abroad in the 1960s and connecting with mentor Duke Ellington. Made in honor of Abdullah Ibrahim's 70th birthday, the film is a tribute to his life and work, combining sensitive footage of performances and rehearsals with beautiful and emotionally rich imagery of the natural and social surroundings that inspire him.

Script / Director / Director of Photography

Ciro Cappellari


Tania Stöcklin


Jörg Schulze, Frank Evers




Caroline Auret


2005 Adolf-Grimme Preis - Best Documentary


2005 Vancouver International Film Festival // 2005 International Film Festival Berlin //