Ajyal Film Festival 2024

All Films

Virtual Voice (الصّوت الافتراضيّ)

Made in Qatar, Ajyal at Vox, Ajyal at Katara

Suzannah Mirghani / Short Documentary / Sudan, Qatar / 2021 / 7 min / Colour / DCP
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Documentary, Satire, Experimental
MENA Premiere


In this satirical review of our times, Suzi doll is an ego-warrior. An online avatar marching to the algorithms of social media. She is lit by temporary outrage. A trending indignation. A passion that is fashion. A politics of the popular. She copies and pastes and forwards blame. Sometimes uplifting, sometimes bandwagon bullying. Her activism is abstract. Her help is hypothetical. We know many girls like Suzi, and many times we are her—vacuous virtual voices, echoing injustices.

About the Directors

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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