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Ibrahim, Manar, Suleiman and Altayeb are the members of the Sudanese Film Club founded in 1989. Unable to make films for years, they have decided to revive an old cinema. They are united not only by their love of cinema and their passionate desire to restore old films and draw attention to Sudanese film history once more, but also by the fact that they all enjoyed a film education outside Sudan.


Their plans to renovate the outdoor cinema come up against bureaucracy, lack of cash and a general fear of upsetting “he who cannot be named.” (The film was made before the recent overthrow of Omar al-Bashir).


In the meantime, they sit together and talk about the past and the history of Sudanese cinema, including their experiences of persecution and even torture as oppositional artists. They recall their times of 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 the conclusion.


Even if their plans may be unfulfilled, the strong solidarity and humour of the four no longer young men, and their new recruit, Hana, do give hope for the future.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    94 min
  • Language
    Arabic
  • Country
    Sudan, France, Germany, Chad, Qatar
  • Premiere
    2019
  • Rating
    PG
  • Director
    Suhaib Gasmelbari
  • Screenwriter
    Suhaib Gasmelbari
  • Producer
    Marie Balducchi
  • Co-Producer
    Melanie Andernach, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Goi-Goi Production (Chad), Made in Germany Filmproduktion (Germany), Video de Poche (France), Doha Film Fund (Qatar)
  • Cast
    Ibrahim Shaddad, Suleiman Mohamed Ibrahim, Altayeb Mahdi, Manar Al-Hilo, Hana Abdelrahman Suliman
  • Cinematographer
    Suhaib Gasmelbari
  • Editor
    Nelly Quettier, Gladys Joujou
  • Sound Design
    Elsadig Kamal, Katharina Von Schroeder, Jean Mallet, Jean-Guy Veran