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IDFA 2019

Talking About Trees

Suhaib Gasmelbari
France, Sudan, Germany, Chad, Qatar
2019
93 min
Dutch Premiere
Festival history

In Sudan, cinema is a thing of the past, but four directors and lifelong friends refuse to accept it. They learned their art abroad—one of them is jokingly referred to as the Sudanese Eisenstein by the others. With their Sudanese film club, the men struggle to keep their film culture alive. Much of their work has been lost, but a few excerpts are included in the documentary.

To introduce others to the magic of film, they decide to rent a dilapidated old open-air cinema for a big free screening. But how do you do this in a country where there are power cuts, you lack the equipment and infrastructure, and the call to prayer blares out from mosques on all sides? “How did we used to do it?” they wonder, laughing. Then they realize that there didn’t used to be a call to prayer. Sudan’s repressive and violent history remains in the background, but film is clearly still out of favor with the regime. Nevertheless, the men remain hopeful.

Credits
Director
Editing
    Nelly Quettier,
    Gladys Joujou
Sound
Co-production
    Goï-Goï Productions,
    Made in Germany Filmproduktion,
    Vidéo de Poche,
    Doha Film Institute
    Goï-Goï Productions,
    Made in Germany Filmproduktion,
    Vidéo de Poche,
    Doha Film Institute
World Sales
    Wide House,
    Wide House
    Wide House,
    Wide House
Screening copy
    Wide House
    Wide House
Festival Handling
    Wide House
    Wide House

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