QFT Player: Talking About Trees

BBFC RatingQFT Player: Talking About Trees

Showing: 06 November 2020 until 06 November 2021

DirectorSuhaib Gasmelbari
LanguageArabic, English, Russian
CountryFrance, Sudan, Chad, Germany, Qatar, United Arab Emirates
Running Time1HR 34MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonQFT Player

Four Sudanese filmmakers (retired, but not through their own choice) embark on a heroic adventure to revive a cinema in a country under an oppressive regime in this powerful documentary by director Suhaib Gasmelbari. Available to rent on QFT Player.

Ibrahim, Manar, Suleiman and Altayeb are four close friends who formed part of the Sudanese Film Club. After decades of rule under a government controlled by Islamic fundamentalists, Sudan’s film industry has been stripped bare, with much of its industry and heritage destroyed. The four friends tirelessly struggle against bureaucracy, lack of cash and political opposition to revive an old cinema; their efforts a quiet act of resistance in a country dreaming of a place in which art and intellectual thought can be free. 

Reflecting on their past and the history of Sudanese cinema, whilst recalling their own shocking experiences of persecution, the strong solidarity and never-failing humour of these remarkable four men paints a beautiful picture of friendship and of hope, even if their journey is far from plain sailing.