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Made in Qatar at D’reesha Programme 3 - Al-Sit (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.


Young Nafisa is due to enter an arranged marriage to a Sudanese businessman living abroad. Does she have a choice, or will Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch have the last say?

About the Director

Suzannah Mirghani is a writer, researcher, and independent filmmaker. She is a media studies and museum studies graduate. 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, Sudan/Qatar), which won the Canal+ Award at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (2021), as well as 6 Academy Award qualifying prizes: Best Narrative Short at New Orleans Film Festival (2021); Best of Fest at LA Shorts (2021); the Grand Prix at Tampere Film Festival (2021); Best Short Film at BronzeLens (2021); Best Live Action Short at AFI Fest (2021); and Best Live Action Short at Interfilm Berlin (2021). Her latest short is the experimental 'Virtual Voice' (2021), which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival.


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