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This month's Arab Film Series - Next Gen Sudan -brings us an intimate look at Sudanese youth - the challenges they face, the tough lessons learned, and the pride of being the next generation to make an impact. These three short Sudanese films, directed by a powerhouse of young, brilliant Sudanese filmmakers, give us a glimpse into the triumphs and troubles facing this next generation.


The films are Video-On-Demand style, so guests can view these films at their leisure and on their own time. Films are only available to audiences in U.S. and Canada. To make this experience complete, we are pleased to host a live, virtual talkback with Hashim Hassan (Director of A Handful of Dates), Sarra Idris (Director of Adam & Howa) and Suzannah Mirghani (Director of Al-Sit)! The talkback will take place live, at 3 p.m. EST on Sunday, July 18, 2021.

Synopsis AL- Sit: In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa’s future. But can Nafisa choose for herself?


Filmmaker Bio

Suzannah Mirghani is a writer, researcher, and independent filmmaker, highlighting stories from the Arab world. She is a media studies and museum studies graduate and publishes creative and scholarly work on a variety of social issues. Being of mixed race Sudanese and Russian backgrounds, she is most interested in stories that examine the complexity of identity. Suzannah is the writer, director, and producer of AL-SIT (2020), Grand Prix winner at the 2021 Tampere Film Festival (Academy Award qualifying), Canal+ Award winner at the 2021 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and Jury Award at the Busan International Short Film Festival (2021). Her previous shorts include CARAVAN (2016) and HIND’S DREAM (2014).

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    20 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic
  • Country
    Sudan, Qatar
  • Note
    English Subtitles
  • Director
    Suzannah Mirghani
  • Screenwriter
    Suzannah Mirghani
  • Producer
    Suzannah Mirghani, Eiman Mirghani
  • Cast
    Mihad Murtada, Rabeha Mahmoud, Mohammed Magdi, Haram Basher, Alsir Mahjoub, Murtada Eltayeb, Fatma Farid, Talaat Farid
  • Cinematographer
    Khalid Awad
  • Editor
    Abdelrahim Kattab and Suzannah Mirghani
  • Sound Design
    Bassam Lebbos and Falah Hannoun