Talking About Trees

Directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari
90 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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The love of cinema pervades this Berlinale Audience Award winner: the story of four Sudanese filmmakers determined to bring an old movie theatre back to life in difficult times.

Ibrahim, Manar, Soliman and Eltayeb are members of the Sudanese Film Club. Reluctantly retired, all four men studied film overseas (poignant excerpts of their films feature in the documentary). They live in a country controlled by Islamic fundamentalists where public screenings are banned. Sudanese people watch pirated movies on their small screens, never in public. The determined foursome has a plan to restore an outdoor theatre in a city just outside Khartoum, but a lack of money and equipment, red tape and official censorship thwart their plans. Sudan-born director Gasmelbari contemplates the demise of Sudan's once-budding film industry and the communal cinema experience with a melancholic eye, but not without humour and hope.

With unfailing artistry, Suhaib Gasmelbari brings much-deserved attention to four Sudanese filmmakers whose unquenchable passion for cinema withstands political repression.
Jay Weissberg, Variety
A quiet and contemplative look at artists forced to face the reality that their work can no longer exist where they live.
Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter


Sun 9 June
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
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Sat 15 June
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
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International Documentaries
Unclassified 15+
France, Germany, Sudan, Chad, Qatar
In Arabic with English subtitles
Suhaib Gasmelbari
Marie Balducchi, Mélanie Andernach, Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Suhaib Gasmelbari
Suhaib Gasmelbari
Nelly Quettier
Documentary, Human Rights, Politics & Economics, Africa, Arts, Festival Award Winners, Filmmaking
Company Credits
World Sales: Wide House
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