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The Camera Never Cries

Fall Grants 2020 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

Abuzar Adam, Elsadig Abdelgayoum / Feature Documentary / Sudan, Qatar / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Creative Documentary, Middle Eastern, Politics, Art/Literature, Human Rights

Synopsis

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.

Credits

Director
Abuzar Adam, Elsadig Abdelgayoum
Screenwriter
Abuzar Adam, Elsadig Abdelgayoum
Producer
Alyaa Musa

About the Director

In 2012, Abuzar Adam graduated from the telecommunication engineering college at the University of Al-Neelain, Khartoum Sudan. His passion for classic photography was encouraged by his father, who used to collect old vintage cameras to document their life in rural Darfur.

Elsadig Abdelgayoum is a Sudanese photographer and filmmaker. He was born and grew up in Omdurman, Sudan. From 2005 - 2008, he studied Multimedia. Elsadig employs filmmaking and photography as tools to tell stories. He is interested in researching and developing further understandings of his own reality through his work.

Production Company Profile

Black Balance is a Sudanese independent film production company based in Khartoum, Sudan. The company produces and co-produces documentary films, feature and short fiction and non-fiction films, with a focus on Sudan-based stories and young directors. The company's founders, producers and filmmakers; Alyaa Sirelkhatim Musa, Mia Bittar and Mohamad Hanafi, have a long, rich experience making films in Sudan and internationally, individually and collectively since the early 2000s. Their work has been screened at international festivals such as Rotterdam, London Africa, Aljazeera, NY and Texas plus a wide range of regional broadcast channels. Black Balance was established in March 2016 with a vision to support young talented Sudanese directors to visualize their cinematic vision despite lacking cinema culture, basic film education and freedom of speech.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Alyaa Musa

    Company: 
    Black Balance Artistic Production
    Email: 
    Blackbalance.sd@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    Black Balance

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