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Talking About Trees

Talking About Trees 12A S

Afrika Eye 2019

Film

Please note: This was screened in Nov 2019

Director:
Suhaib Gasmelbari
Cast:
Suleiman Ibrahim, Ibrahim Shaddad
Duration:
90 mins, Subtitled, 2019, France
Primary language:
Arabic

Four Sudanese film makers (retired, but not through their own choice) embark on a heroic adventure to revive cinema in a country under strict Islamic rule.

Sudanese director Suhaib Gasmelbari reveals how a government controlled by Islamic fundamentalists over three decades, has destroyed much of an entire film industry and heritage. Educated in film schools outside of Sudan, their work showed the influence by Soviet montage and French New Wave but their political stance meant that many were banned or ‘lost’.

Talking About Trees follows the film makers as they work tirelessly to try to get cinema owners on their side and make the 'Sudanese Film Club' operational again, but with considerable resistance.

A powerful documentary highlighting the value of freedom of expression that sheds light on the current situation in a country shaken by ongoing crises.

With an introduction by Dr Shawn Sobers, Associate Professor Lens Media, Dept Film & Journalism UWE