TALKING ABOUT TREES

Film Screening and Panel Discussion

December, 14, 2019 | 18.00

Global Africa: The State of African Studies in the 21st Century

Director: Suhaib Gasmelbari
Year: 2019
Duration: 93 mins
Country: Sudan
Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Synopsis

Suleiman and three further members of the ‘Sudanese Film Club’ have decided to revive an old cinema. They are united not only by their love of cinema and their passionate desire to restore old film stock and draw attention to Sudanese film history once more, but also by the fact that they have all enjoyed a film education in exile. Tirelessly, they try to get the cinema’s owners on their side and make the place operational again, but repeatedly find themselves up against considerable resistance. In the meantime, they sit together and talk about the past – including their experiences of persecution and even torture as oppositional artists. They also read out old letters written while in exile and dream of a Sudan in which art and intellectual thought can be free. ‘We are smarter than them, but not as strong,’ is how they unanimously summarize their situation. It is in laconic moments such as these that the viewer is able to perceive the friendship, as well as the bond and ideological solidarity that exists in the struggle for common ideals.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion between the four members of the Sudanese Film Group, who are Ibarhim Shaddad, Manar Al Hilo, Suleiman Mohamed Ibrahim, and Altayeb Madhi, and Dr. Yousif Aydabi, Advisor at the Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Center for Gulf Studies.

Director Biography

Suhaib Gasmelbari Mustafa was born in 1979 in Sudan, where he lived until the age of 16. He attended Cinema Studies in France at the University Paris VIII and has worked as a freelance cameraman and editor, collaborating with journalists to direct reports for Al Qarra, Al Jazeera and France 24. He has written and directed multiple short films, both fiction and documentary. 'Talking About Trees' is his first feature film. Suhaib Gasmelbari is also a researcher and was able to find precious lost Sudanese films and took part in saving and digitizing them through his work.

Sudanese Film Group Biography

The Sudanese Film Group (SFG) is a noncommercial, voluntary, cultural group, founded in April of 1989. It is registered with the federal ministry of culture in Sudan. The SFG strives for cinema to be produced and spectated in the Sudanese cultural sphere, and the group hopes to achieve this goal through the production and screening of films, as well as spreading of the cinema awareness, capacity building and training in filmmaking. In all its activities, the SFG follows a communal and creative work model that is artistically and ethically bound committed to knowledge and experience sharing, objectivity and mastery. The SFG is also abide by the principles of democracy, accountability and transparency.

Dr. Yousif Aydabi Biography

Dr. Yousif Aydabi graduated with a specialization in comparative theatre and film studies in Sudan. He has held various professional positions in cultural planning and management in the fields of education, journalism and publishing. A Critic and Editor, he has published several books on poetry, cinema and art.


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