Talking About Trees

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Shown: October 30, 2022 at 6pm

Director : Suhaib Gasmelbari

Country : Sudan

Release Date : 2019

Duration : 93 mins

Language : Sudanese Arabic

Subtitles : Yes

Ibrahim, Manar, Suleiman and Altayeb, four veteran members of the Sudanese Film Club, embark on a journey in which they aim to revive an old cinema in the city of Omdurman to bring cinema-going culture back to their country. In the crisis-ridden country, the four friends encounter insurmountable resistance in the face of decades of Islamist censorship and inefficient bureaucracy. Following its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, Talking about Trees received numerous awards at film festivals worldwide including the Variety MENA Talent Award at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt. On ‘Rotten Tomatoes’ (the review-aggregation website) the film has an approval rating of 100%.

” ‘Talking About Trees’ is the rare Middle Eastern crowd-pleaser: a film with a big heart and defiant politics that establishes Gasmelbari as one of the hottest new talents in the region.”  (Joseph Fahim – Middle East Eye)