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 (1920 – 2008). 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
- CINEMA AFRICA in Tokyo, Japan
- Nour Festival, UK
- Filmtagen Linz, Austria
- The Addis International Film Festival, Ethiopia
- African Diaspora Film Festival, New York, USA
- Festival international du film d’Amiens, France
- Amakula Kampala International Film Festival, Uganda
- Africa in the pictures, Netherland
- NAFA film festival, Slovenia
- ZIFF, Zanzibar, Tanzania
- Festival de Cine Africano de Tarifa, Spain
- Fida doc’Souss, Agadir, Morocco
- Semaine du Documentaire de Fès, Morocco
- FIGRA, Coup de Pouce, Le Touquet, France
- FESPACO, Burkina Faso
- Dubai Film Market, UEA
- Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage, Tunisia
- Kenya International Film Festival, Kenya
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