For copyright reasons, this stream is available in Germany only.

Interview with director Suhaib Gasmelbari

  • 00:06 What is the significance of cinema as a collective experience?
  • 02:13 The relationship to the four protagonists of the Sudanese Film Group
  • 13:17 How has the experience of exile shaped you as a person and as filmmaker? And what role has the experience played in the lives of the four protagonists?
  • 19:16 What are the challenges for Sudanese film culture, bearing in mind that cinema was banned there for three decades? How can it be kept alive?
  • 26:13 The role of humor. How have the members of the Sudanese Film Group used it as a way to deal with an oppressive environment? 
  • 34:10 What effect have the recent political changes in Sudan had on the country’s cultural life—and on cinema in particular?

Program

Talking About Trees (2019, 93 min., directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari)

In Arabic with English subtitles

The two screenings of recent works by Sudanese filmmakers Suhaib Gasmelbari and Amjad Abu Alala, originally scheduled as part of the Arabic Music Days, unfortunately cannot take place due to space restrictions in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, we are pleased to offer you the documentary Talking About Trees as a free online stream on this page. The 2019 film, winner of the Panorama Audience Award at last year’s Berlinale festival, follows four Sudanese cinephiles in their attempt to re-open an old movie theater—while at the same time offering revealing insights into Sudanese (film) history. You can also watch an exclusive interview with the director below.

Suhaib Gasmelbari