Fall Grants 2018 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION
In a Sudanese cotton-farming village, the old matriarch, Al-Sit, must be consulted for her blessing ahead of any family wedding. Nadir has come from abroad to marry Al-Sit’s teenage granddaughter Nuzha, and start a textile business in the village. Al-Sit doesn’t trust his motives and is annoyed that he has come alone, without his parents. She demands to know the names of Nadir’s ancestors, and one name, in particular, sparks Al-Sit’s anger. But does her traditional knowledge of the past hold any power in the modern world? The story is seen through the eyes of Nuzha, a shy, 15-year-old Sudanese village girl trying to make sense of her surroundings.
- Suzannah Mirghani
About the Director
Suzannah Mirghani is a writer, researcher, and independent filmmaker, highlighting stories from the Arab world. Being of multicultural Sudanese and Russian backgrounds, she is interested in stories that examine the complexity of identity. Suzannah is a media studies and museum studies graduate, currently working at the Center for International and Regional Studies (CIRS), Georgetown University in Qatar. She has made several short films, including, ‘Msheireb Oral History Films’ (2017), ‘There Be Dragons’ (2017), ‘Caravan’ (2016), ‘Hind’s Dream’ (2014), and ‘Hamour’ (2011).