Talking About Trees
Documentary, director: Suhaib Gasmelbari, France/Sudan/Chad/Germany/Qatar 2019, 93 min., Arab./En. with en. ST
5.9.2020 | 21:15 | Arsenal
29.9.2020 | 19:00 | City Kino
Suliman Elnour and the other three elderly members of the Sudanese Film Group live and breathe the spirit of cinema. In the 1960s and 1970s, they studied at the film schools of Cairo, Moscow, and Potsdam, and now bring entertaining film history to the most remote places in Sudan via their portable projector. However, their dream is to build up their own cinema – perhaps even to reopen one of the houses that had been closed 30 years earlier. Yet in the jungle of arbitrary authority and state security, this turns out to be a Sisyphean task. In addition to depicting the friendship, unwavering wit and optimism of his protagonists, Gasmelbari in his feature debut succeeds above all in painting a complex and intimate portrait of Sudan, which he captures in magical pictures and wonderful moments.