Ajyal Film Festival 2022

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
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

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Synopsis

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. 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
Suzannah Mirghani
Editor
Suzannah Mirghani, Socheat Cheng
Cinematographer
Suzannah Mirghani, Rodney Sharkey
Sound
Severin Favriau, Guillaume Moutardier
Cast
Suzannah Mirghani

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