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Suzannah Mirghani / Short Narrative / Sudan, Qatar / 2020 / 20 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Family, Identity


In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa’s future. But can the young girl choose for herself? A compassionate story from Sudan about women—both powerless and powerful—exploring opposing ends of the social chain and how these roles might be changing in a modernizing world.


Suzannah Mirghani
Suzannah Mirghani
Suzannah Mirghani, Eiman Mirghani

About the Director

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.


  • Main Contact

    Eiman Mirghani

    Independent Filmmaker

  • Main Contact

    Suzannah Mirghani

    +974 5503 6013

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