€9/5/ over 65 free
Dir. Suhaib Gasmelbari, France, Sudan, Chad, Germany, Quatar, 2019, 93 min
Talking About Trees chronicles the actions of the Sudanese Film Club, a group of retired movie directors who try to reopen a cinema in the city of Omdourman, located just outside of Khartoum. But this proves to be a Sisyphean task.
Without pointing fingers, Gasmelbari reveals how a government controlled by Islamic fundamentalists for the past three decades resulted in the demise of an entire film industry and heritage, with only a few remaining theaters screening Hollywood and Bollywood blockbusters in central Khartoum.
Gasmelbari captures the daily grind of the Sudanese Film Club in an unassuming manner that simply lets their words and deeds speak for themselves. His documentary is not the edge of your seat tale of adversity, but rather a quiet and contemplative look at artists forced to face the reality that their work can no longer exist where they live.
Winner Panorama Audience Award, Best Documentary, Berlin International Film Festival 2019
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