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Talking About Trees (16+)

France, Sudan, Germany, Chad, Qatar, 2019, 97 min.
Director: Suhaib Gasmelbari
Ibrahim, Soliman, Manar, and Altayeb, filmmakers and friends for more than 45 years, idealists and intensely humane. They have reunited again, after long years of distance and exile, to bring life back to their old dream: make cinema reality in Sudan. They are determined to leave a trace of their passage and inspire the love for cinema. Throughout the images they created, the ones they lost and the ones remaining a desire, the beautiful and horrific faces of their country appear.

Suhaib Gasmelbari

Suhaib Gasmelbari

was born in 1979 in Sudan. He studied Cinema in France at the University of Paris VIII. He has written and directed several short films, both fiction and documentary. “Talking About Trees” is his first feature film. 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 actively participates in international and local projects for saving and digitizing Sudanese films, including those of Ibrahim Shadad, Suleiman Mohamed Ibrahim, and Altayeb Mahdi.

FILMOGRAPHY

Sudan's Forgotten Films, 2017; Talking About Trees, 2019.
France, Sudan, Germany, Chad, Qatar, 2019, 97 min.
Director: Suhaib Gasmelbari
Ibrahim, Soliman, Manar, and Altayeb, filmmakers and friends for more than 45 years, idealists and intensely humane. They have reunited again, after long years of distance and exile, to bring life back to their old dream: make cinema reality in Sudan. They are determined to leave a trace of their passage and inspire the love for cinema. Throughout the images they created, the ones they lost and the ones remaining a desire, the beautiful and horrific faces of their country appear.