Frédérique Cifuentes’s first documentary film, Cinema in Sudan: Conversations with Gadalla Gubara, builds up a portrait of a great Sudanese film-maker, Gadalla Gubara (19202008). He was still working at the age of eighty-eight - one of the pioneers of cinema in Africa.

He lost his sight at the age of 80, but still continued to film life in Sudan as no one before him. Through his oeuvre, Gadalla reveals to us a Sudan both mysterious and misunderstood.

Despite censorship and lack of financial support over sixty years, he produced cinema that is independent and unique in a country where freedom of expression is a rare luxury.

The film “Conversations with Gadalla Gubara” retraces the struggle of a man who received the 2006 Award for Excellence for his career at the Africa Academy Awards, Nigeria.

The film shows a unique collection of archive footage and stills photography from one of the founding fathers of African cinema.

Gadalla was a person with a unique character: a Sudanese of great charm, caustic in his criticism of film-making, a humorist of refinement whose blindness had not tempered the rebel in him.

Running time: 52 minutes
Director & producer Frédérique Cifuentes
Excecutive producer Sias Wilson
Editor Peter Lewis
Sound recording Sidi Moctar
Original music Tim Puckett, Waleed Waselny Norak, Sherhabeel Ahmed

Festivals official selection :
CNC (National Cinema Centre), Images de la culture, France
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- CINEMA AFRICA in Tokyo, Japan
cinemaafrica.com
- Nour Festival, UK
rbkc.gov.uk/subsites/museums/leightonhousemuseum.aspx
- Filmtagen Linz, Austria
filmtagelinz.at.tf
- The Addis International Film Festival, Ethiopia
addisfilmfestival.org
- African Diaspora Film Festival, New York, USA
nyadff.org
- Festival international du film d’Amiens, France
filmfestamiens.org
- Amakula Kampala International Film Festival, Uganda
amakula.com
- Africa in the pictures, Netherland
africainthepicture.nl
- NAFA film festival, Slovenia
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- ZIFF, Zanzibar, Tanzania
ziff.or.tz
- Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa, Spain
fcat.es/FCAT_en/
- Fida doc’Souss, Agadir, Morocco
fidadoc.org
- Semaine du Documentaire de Fès, Morocco
institutfrancaisfes.com/semainedoc.html
- FIGRA, Coup de Pouce, Le Touquet, France
figra.fr
- FESPACO, Burkina Faso
fespaco.bf
- Dubai Film Market, UEA
dubaifilmfest.com/en
- Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage, Tunisia
jccarthage.org
- Kenya International Film Festival, Kenya
kifftrust.org

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