The Sheep Thief

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The Sheep Thief
(aka Sheep's Feast)
Directed by Asif Kapadia
Produced by Victoria Connell
Written by Asif Kapadia
  • Abdul Rehman
  • Soaib Karimbhai
  • Jigar Bikhabhai
  • Kokila Mahendra
Music by Dario Marianelli
Cinematography Roman Osin
Edited by Hugo Lawrence
Distributed by British Council Film
Release date
  • 1997 (1997)
Running time
24 minutes
Country United Kingdom

The Sheep Thief (aka: Sheep's Feast) is a 1997 United Kingdom 16 mm short film by Asif Kapadia lasting 24 minutes, and is Kapadia’s graduation film from the Royal College of Art.


The story idea was itself based upon a bible story told by a teacher to Kapadia when he was seven years old about a thief who became a saint. Understanding his concept would not work as well if shot in the UK, he raised funds and traveled to Rajasthan, India where he worked with film students from the Indian Film School, in Pune and cast and shot with local talent.[1]


Tashan (Abdul Rehman) is young street kid caught while stealing a sheep. He is branded on his forehead for stealing and left for dead. Waking, he covers the brand with a headband and embarks on a journey throughout rural India. On a backwoods dirt road he meets Safia (Kokila Mahendra), helps her, and eventually becomes an accepted member of her family.[2]


  • Abdul Rehman as Tashan
  • Soaib Karimbhai as Ya Ya
  • Jigar Bikhabhai as Zed
  • Kokila Mahendra as Safia


Awards and nominations[edit]


The film is included on CINEMA 16, the DVD of British Short films.

It screened at Clermont Ferrand, Toronto and London Film Festivals,[6] was televised in the United Kingdom by Channel 4, and across Europe by Canal +, ZDF and Arte.


  1. ^ Wood, Jason (2000). Talking Movies: Contemporary World Filmmakers in Interview. Wallflower Press. p. 133. ISBN 1904764908. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Felando, Cynthia (2015). Discovering Short Films: The History and Style of Live-Action Fiction Shorts. The Sheep Thief (Kapadia, 1997, 24 minutes): Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 1137484381. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Awards 1998 : All Awards". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Mueller, Matt (20 April 2015). "Cannes: Asif Kapadia thrilled by 'Amy' selection". Screen Daily. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  5. ^ Smith, Ian Haydn; Wood, Jason (2015). New British Cinema from 'Submarine' to '12 Years a Slave': The Resurgence of British Film-making. Asif Kapadia: Faber & Faber. ISBN 0571315178. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 
  6. ^ staff. "Filmmakers talk about British Council Film- Asif Kapadia". British Council Film. Retrieved 30 January 2016. 

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