Ajyal Film Festival 2022

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Al-Sit

Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar - Ajyal Film Festival 2020

Suzannah Mirghani / Short Narrative / Qatar, Sudan / 2020 / 20 min / In Arabic / Domestic Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

Synopsis

In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa’s future. But can the young girl choose for herself? A compassionate story from Sudan about women—both powerless and powerful—exploring opposing ends of the social chain and how these roles might be changing in a modernizing world.

About the Director

Suzannah Mirghani is a writer, researcher, and independent filmmaker. Mixed-race Sudanese and Russian, she is interested in stories about the complexity of identity. Suzannah is the writer, director, and producer of ‘Al-Sit’ (2020), which won 18 international awards, including three Academy Award qualifying prizes in 2021: Best of Fest at LA Shorts; Grand Prix at Tampere Film Festival; and Best Short Film at BronzeLens. Her latest short, ‘Virtual Voice’ (2021), had its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. Suzannah is working on her first feature, ‘Cotton Queen’, a magical realist tale set in the cotton fields of Sudan.

Credits

Director
Suzannah Mirghani
Screenwriter
Suzannah Mirghani
Producer
Eiman Mirghani, Suzannah Mirghani
Editor
Abdelrahim Kattab, Suzannah Mirghani
Cinematographer
Khalid Awad
Sound
Falah Hannoun
Cast
Mihad Murtada, Rabeha Mahmoud, Mohammed Magdi

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