Talking About Trees
Suhaib Gasmelbari | France, Sudan, Germany, Chad, Qatar | 2019 | 93'
Ibrahim, Suliman, Manar and Altayeb are filmmakers and have been friends for more than 45 years. They were reunited again in Khartoum, after long years of separation and exile, to bring their old dream back to life: to make cinema a reality in Sudan. They are determined to leave a trace of their passage and to inspire a love for films. Through the images they created, the ones they lost and the ones that remain a desire, they tell us about the beauty and the horrors of their country with humour and great humanity.
Ibrahim Shaddad Suliman Ibrahim Eltayeb Mahdi Manar Al-Hilo Hana Abdelrahman Suliman
AGAT Films & Cie, Made in Germany Filmproduktion, Goï-Goï Productions
Audience Award Panorama (Berlin International Film Festival 2019), Special Mention of the Jury and FIPRESCI Award (International Istanbul Film Festival 2019), El Gouna Golden Star for Best Documentary (El Gouna Film Festival 2019), Special Mention of the Jury (Hamptons International Film Festival 2019)
Suhaib Gasmelbari was born in Sudan in 1979. He studied film at the University of Paris VIII. He wrote and directed a number of short films, both fiction and documentaries. Talking About Trees is his first features film, He is also a researcher and takes part in local and international projects aimed at restoring and digitizing Sudanese films, including the works of his film’s main characters: Ibrahim Shaddad, Suliman Ibrahim and Altayeb Mahdi.
2019 - Talking About Trees, ff (doc)
2012 - Oda Nagam (Ode To My Feet), sf