The Camera Never Cries (الكاميرا لا تبكي)
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From the beginning of the film, we land in an intimate space with two friends trying to revisit their memories of the revolution through their extensive collection of footage. While commenting on their different filming approaches, Elsadig and Abuzar begin to recall their first encounter with a camera and how it affected their life choices. The self-isolation of Covid-19 contrasts the images of Khartoum during the revolution of the year before. The calmness of self-isolation is a ripe time for self-reflection and brings the two friends closer to their unresolved questions and traumas of the past year. They interview each other about their personal expectations and disappointments as the story of the revolution unfolds. From January to April 2019, the Sudanese protest was in full swing; people protested peacefully even as violence against them escalated. On April 6, 2019, millions of Sudanese marched through teargas and bullets and occupied the area around the military headquarters in the capital Khartoum. The Albashir regime fell, but a sit-in ensued to ensure the people’s demands were met. After two months, the sit-in was brutally attacked, leaving hundreds dead, and a nation traumatised. While navigating through the footage, Abuzar and Alsadig realise that all the stories they captured are really just reflections of their own story—two artists seeing their dreams, fears and disappointments coming to life through the characters they filmed.