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Tajouj. 1977. Sudan. Directed by Gadalla Gubara. In Arabic; English subtitles. 92 min.
An enchanting and humorous blend of music, fable, and melodrama, Tajouj has become a classic of African cinema, the first Sudanese feature film and also the debut film of Gadalla Gubara (his later adaptation of Les misérables streams July 15–29). The story of a forbidden love triangle among the nomadic Beja people of the Eastern Desert in 19th-century Sudan, Tajouj stars Salah Ibn Albadya, a nationally beloved performer best known for his mystical Sufi and romantic ballads.
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