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From the late 1970s until Omar al-Bashir’s military coup of 1989, as myriad religious and political factions waged a seemingly endless civil war in Sudan, a group of filmmakers working first within the Ministry of Culture and then more independently of the state banded together to make a series of compelling short subjects, some of them documentary evocations of life during—and despite—wartime (a school for children with disabilities, a crossroads in the Sahara) and others more allegorical in nature (a camel in a sesame mill, two blind men and a donkey crossing the desert). Program includes:
Afrika, Džungli, Baraban I Revoljucija (Africa, The Jungle, Drums and Revolution). 1979. USSR. Directed by Suliman Elnour. In Arabic; English subtitles. 12 min.
Wa Lakin Alardh Tadur (It Still Rotates). 1978. USSR. Written and directed by Suliman Elnour. In Arabic; English subtitles. 18 min.
Al Dhareeh (The Tomb). 1977. Egypt. Written and directed by Eltayeb Mahdi. With Tharwat Aloub, Abu Bakr John, Abdel Da’em Omer. In Arabic; English subtitles. 16 min.
Al Mahatta (The Station). 1989. Sudan. Written and directed by Eltayeb Mahdi. In Arabic; English subtitles. 15 min.
Arba’a Marat Lil Atfal (Four Times For Children). 1979. Sudan. Directed by Eltayeb Mahdi. In Arabic; English subtitles 20 min.
Al Habil (The Rope). 1985. Sudan. Written and directed by Ibrahim Shaddad. With Khatab H. Ahmed, A. Gadir Daoud, Mariam M. Eltayeb. In Arabic; English subtitles. 31 min.
Jamal (A Camel). 1981. Sudan. Written and directed by Ibrahim Shaddad. In Arabic; English subtitles. 13 min.
Jagdpartie (Hunting Party). 1964. East Germany. Directed by Ibrahim Shaddad. Screenplay by Shaddad, Claus Neumann. With Petra Hinze, Günter Meier. In German; English subtitles. 40 min.
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