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hajooj kuka / Feature Narrative / Sudan, South Africa, Germany, Qatar / 2018 / 78 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Politics, War, Satire


Adnan is a revolutionary war hero whose love for fighting and his AK-47 are rivalled only by his feelings for Lina, his long-suffering sweetheart. When Adnan is late to return to his military unit after leave, the army commander launches a “kasha” to round up truant soldiers. Distracted by Lina, Adnan is caught off guard and makes a run for it. He joins up with Absi, a lover-not-a-fighter type who is dodging the kasha. Together, these two unlikely friends plot ways to reunite Adnan with his gun – and with Lina. Through a series of wry and humorous incidents over 24 hours, ‘A Kasha’ explores life and love in rebel-held areas of Sudan.


hajooj kuka
hajooj kuka
Steven Markovitz, hajooj kuka

About the Director

hajooj kuka is a filmmaker from Sudan. kuka’s 2014 feature documentary, ‘Beats of the Antonov’, had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the People’s Choice Documentary Award. The film has been broadcast on POV, screened at more than 60 festivals and won seven international awards. kuka also trains and works with young filmmakers across Sudan.

Production Company Profile

Big World Cinema, established in 1994 in South Africa, has produced feature films, documentaries, TV series and shorts, many of which have screened at festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Berlinale, Venice and Toronto. Over the past twelve years, Big World Cinema has focused on producing and distributing content across the continent of Africa and has produced in over 20 African countries. Recent films include 'Rafiki', 'aKasha', 'High Fantasy', 'Silas' and 'Winnie'. Big World has worked with over 100 African directors and produced a number of projects with directors such as Wanuri Kahiu, Hajooj Kuka, Jihan El-Tahri, Brian Tilley and Jim Chuchu.

Awards and Festival History


Venice IFF 2018, Critics’ Week (WP)
TIFF 2018, Discovery
BFI London FF 2018


Best Long Drama Int'l, Austrian FF 2019
Jury Award for Best Humour/Satire, Filmfest Bremen 2019


  • Main Contact

    Steven Markovitz

    Big World Cinema
    +27 83 2611 044

  • Production Company

    Big World Cinema

    Big World Cinema

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