Throughout 2020, we will be making a number of films available to watch from our website. Each month we will schedule a film selected by our team, which will be launched with a communal viewing and a live discussion.
Our next screening at home will be Suhaib Gasmelbari’s documentary Talking About Trees (2019) following four old friends, all Sudanese directors, as they attempt to revive an outdoor cinema.
Ibrahim, Manar, Suleiman and Altayeb are the members of the Sudanese Film Club founded in 1989. Unable to make films for years, they have decided to revive an old cinema. They are united by their love of cinema, their passionate desire to restore old films and draw attention to Sudanese film history, and also by the fact that they all experienced a film education outside Sudan.
Their plans to renovate the outdoor cinema come up against bureaucracy, lack of cash and a general fear of upsetting the government.
In the meantime, they sit together and talk about the past and the history of Sudanese cinema, including their experiences of persecution as oppositional artists. They recall their times of exile and dream of a Sudan in which art and intellectual thought can be free.
Suhaib Gasmelbari was born in 1979, in Sudan, and lived there until the age of 16. He studied film in France at the University of Paris 8 and worked as a freelance cameraman and editor for Al Qarra, Al Jazeera and France 24. He has written and directed several short films, both fiction and documentary. Talking about Trees is his first feature-length documentary. He is also a researcher with a special focus on audio-visual archives. Through his research, he was able to find some long-lost Sudanese films and he actively participates in international and local projects for saving and digitizing Sudanese films, including those of Ibrahim Shaddad, Suleiman Mohamed Ibrahim and Altayeb Mahdi.
Available to watch online from Friday 28 August 6:30pm (BST) – Sunday 30 August 6:30pm (BST)
Replay our live discussion of the film, with guests Shahenda Suliman and Carmen Thompson
A PDF transcript of the discussion is available on request
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2019, Sudan / France / Germany / Chad / Qatar
Directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari
94mins, English, Cert PG, Arabic with English subtitles
SDH subtitles available
Tickets – Free | £2 | £3.50 | £5
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28 – 30 August: available to watch online (UK only)
Friday 28 August, 6.30pm: communal viewing
Friday 28 August, 8:30pm: live online discussion
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Our screening of Talking About Trees is part of Film FeelsConnected, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at filmfeels.co.uk