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The Dam

Fall Grants 2018 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION

Ali Cherri / Feature Experimental or Essay / Lebanon, France, Qatar / 2020 / 70 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Arthouse, Experimental


North Sudan, Merowe Dam. Abu Salma, a seasonal worker from Darfur, works in a traditional brickyard on the Nile, downstream of the dam. Just like his exiled companions, he spends his days in the mud, far from his loved ones and in exhausting labour. Each night, he secretly works on the erection of a structure, a tall shape made out of mud, wood, and plastic. As the mud builds over the solid skeleton of the structure, it begins to take on an almost organic-looking form. One day, as he returns from Jebel Barkal, the mystical mountain, his creation has mysteriously disappeared. Soon strange occurrences begin to take place, and Abu Salma starts to get the uneasy feeling that someone or something is watching him.


Ali Cherri
Ali Cherri
Janja Kralj

About the Director

Ali Cherri is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Beirut and Paris. His work has been screened at festivals such as New Directors/New Films, MoMA NY, Cinéma du Réel, CPH: DOX (NewVision prize), Dubai International Film Festival (Best Director prize), Berlinale, Toronto, and San Francisco. He's had exhibitions at the Jeu de Paume, the Jönköpings läns Museum, Sweden, the Sursock Museum, and Beirut among others. His works have been presented in numerous international expositions, including Centre Pompidou or the Guggenheim New York. Ali Cherri has received the Harvard University’s Robert E. Fulton Fellowship, the Rockefeller Foundation Prize and the Abraaj Group Art Prize.

Production Company Profile

KinoElektron is a production company based in Paris, founded by Janja Kralj. The company is committed to international cinema working with confirmed directors and emerging talents. Their latest productions are 'Good Luck’ by Ben Russell (Locarno Film Festival 2017- Official competition), 'Frost' by Sharunas Bartas (Cannes Film Festival 2017 - Director’s Fortnight, and Lithuania’s pick for the Academy Awards), 'Strange Birds' by Elise Girard (Berlin Film Festival 2017 – Forum) and 'Son of Sofia' by Elina Psykou (Best International Narrative Feature Award at Tribeca Film Festival 2017). KinoElektron is currently developing feature and short films projects by Raphaël Nadjari, Sharunas Bartas, Vladimir Perisic, Bani Khoshnoudi and visual artists Ali Cherri and Nir Evron, among others.


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    Janja Kralj

    +33 1 48 24 51 34

  • Production Company


    1 48 24 51 34

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