The Umbrella Men

Film - Completed

The Umbrella Men

When musician Jerome Adams flies into Cape Town for his estranged father’s funeral, he finds his dad has bequeathed him his beloved Goema Club as well as the care of The Umbrella Men minstrel troupe. Unfortunately, the Club comes with a huge overdraft, due in two weeks for repayment to the bank on penalty of repossession, in a shady deal engineered by Tariq Cupido, a long-time family rival. Jerome decides to rob the bank itself under cover of the annual carnival parade when thousands of troupes invade the streets, Tariq’s troupe, The Maulers, competing against Jerome’s Umbrella Men. And as Jerome reconnects with friends and community, and he learns about himself and why he must stay in this special place.

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  • Directed by John Barker
  • Written by John Barker and Philip Roberts


  • Jaques de Silva
  • Shamilla Miller
  • Keenen Arrison
  • Bronté Snell
  • Kagiso Lediga
  • Joey Rasdien
  • Abduraghman Adams
  • June can Merch


  • Closing film Joburg Film Festival.
  • Official selection Fespaco film Festival (Burkina Faso)
  • Opening Film - SAFF Sydney
  • Audience award – Film Africa 2022 (London)


About John Barker

Writer/Director/Producer, known for his directorial debut film Bunny Chow.

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