Talking About Trees
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.