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Talking About Trees

by Suhaib Gasmelbari Border Lines

„We want to reopen the Revolution.“ Revolution is the name of an idle open-air movie theatre in Sudan. Starting in 1989, the repressive regime under Umar al-Bashir has forced film culture off the scene, sending up-and-coming filmmakers into torture and exile. Nevertheless, the four old friends Ibrahim, Suliman, Eltayeb and Manar have not lost any of their fiery enthusiasm to this day, and are more than happy to take on the hopeless challenge of breathing new life into the stifled movie theatre. Filmmaker Suhaib Gasmelbari accompanies the childlike enthusiasm of the four patrons of Sudanese film, while simultaneously drawing up a critical inventory of a country whose Islamic fundamentalist policy under the recently ransomed rulers creates a hostile climate for free thinking and cultural creation.


  • Genre: DOC: Social Interest & Politics
  • Country, Year: France, Sudan, Chad, Germany, Qatar, 2019
  • Runtime: 93 Min
  • Languages: Arabic, English
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: Suhaib Gasmelbari
  • Cast: Ibrahim Shaddad, Suliman Ibrahim, Manar Al-Hilo, Eltayeb Mahdi, Hana Abdelrahman Suliman
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  • Screenplay: Suhaib Gasmelbari
  • Cinematography: Suhaib Gasmelbari
  • Editors: Nelly Quettier, Gladys Joujou
  • Sound: Elsadig Kamal, Katharina von Schroeder
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  • Producer: Marie Balducchi
  • Co-Producers: Melanie Andernach, Mahamat Saleh Haroun
  • Executive Producer: Marie Balducchi
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  • Production Companies: Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo, Sudanese Film Group, Goï Goï Productions, Made in Germany Filmproduktion GmbH, Vidéo de Poche, Doha Film Institute
  • World Sales: Wide House
  • Swiss Distribution: ADOK films
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