Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

Halal for Beginners
(Halal Daddy)


Year: 2017
Run Time: 95 minutes

Halal for Beginners
Halal for Beginners
Halal for Beginners
Halal for Beginners


Raghdan is a young Muslim living in the small Irish town of Sligo. There’s not much going on, which is making his struggle to find himself all the more difficult. His days are spent hanging out with his well-intentioned, but eternally stoned, buddies and his girlfriend, who he now suspects is cheating on him. He’s living with his extremely supportive, but strange, aunt and uncle, whose hilarious sexual adventures are anything but private. When his stern, businessman father visits from India, he surprises Raghdan with a strange opportunity: running Ireland’s first Halal meat factory. Considering their relationship is rather strained, Raghdan reluctantly accepts the challenge. Getting this unprecedented business off the ground won’t be easy, but it just may be the unexpected push he needs. Based on true events, HALAL FOR BEGINNERS is a hilarious, heart-felt comedy that celebrates modern Ireland’s growing multiculturalism. It’s also a realistic portrait of the chaotic and confusing journey one must take to carve their own path. —E.F.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 05, 2018 at 2:20 PM

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 6:20 PM

Race Relations

International Narrative Competition


Conor McDermottroe

Conor McDermottroe was born in 1960 in Sligo, Ireland. He is a London-based Irish writer and director who works across film, television, and theater. McDermottroe has directed many short films.

Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne (2009), HALAL FOR BEGINNERS (2017)

Hermann Florin, Ailish McElmeel

Conor McDermottroe, Mark O'Halloran

Mel Griffith

Alexander Dittner, Constantin von Seld

Principal Cast
Nikesh Patel, Colm Meaney, Art Malik, Sarah Bolger, Deirdre O'Kane

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