Talking About Trees (PG)


Talking About Trees (PG)

Wednesday 14th October 2020 - Friday 16th October 2020

Dir. Suhaib Gasmelbari, France/Sudan/Chad, 2019, 97 mins, subtitled. Cast. Suleiman Ibrahim, Ibrahim Shaddad.

Four Sudanese filmmakers (retired, but not through their own choice) embark on a heroic adventure to revive a cinema in a country under an oppressive regime in this powerful documentary by director Suhaib Gasmelbari. Ibrahim, Manar, Suleiman and Altayeb are four close friends who formed part of the Sudanese Film Club. After decades of rule under a government controlled by Islamic fundamentalists, Sudan’s film industry has been stripped bear with much of its industry and heritage destroyed. As the four friends tirelessly struggle against bureaucracy, lack of cash and political opposition to revive an old cinema; their efforts are a quiet act of Sudanese resistance in a country dreaming of place in which art and intellectual thought can be free. Reflecting on their past and the history of Sudanese cinema, whilst recalling their own shocking experiences of persecution, the strong solidarity and never-failing humour of these remarkable four men paints a beautiful picture of friendship and of hope, even if their journey is far from plain sailing.

‘Profound — a tribute to the strange communal magic of cinema, and what happens when it becomes invisible.’ - Danny Leigh, Financial Times

‘Full of quiet courage and subversive wit, this reminds filmgoers everywhere to take nothing for granted.’ - Empire

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 Wednesday 14th Oct 2020  7:00pm Socially Distanced
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 Friday 16th Oct 2020  7:00pm Socially Distanced
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