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Sudanese cinema at Casa Árabe

During the months of June and July, Casa Árabe will be screening two Sudanese films, including one fictional movie and one documentary, at its Madrid and Cordoba headquarters. Check dates and times, and buy your tickets online at a discount.

With this June and July schedule, Casa Árabe is contributing to the geographically determined section that the eighteenth edition of the FCAT African Film Festival of Tarifa-Tangier has dedicated to Sudanese cinema, under the title “Images of Sudan: Narratives of a country through its own expressive freedoms.”

You Will Die at 20, by Amjad Abu Alala, premiered at the last edition of FCAT, winning the Best Film Award “for its wonderful film language, for the values it represents, for showing how a young man works and fights against preconceived ideas, under the burdens of religion and tradition, and how he decides to wake up the world.”

Talking About Trees, by Suhaib Gasmelbari, is an amazing testimonial about movie-making pioneers who have never stopped fighting. The documentary format allowed Gasmelbari to shed light on the precariously preserved national film archives and the restrictions on broadcasting in Sudan.

Information sheet on the film series in Madrid
Sudanese cinema at Casa Árabe
Photo frame from “You Will Die at 20”
  • You Will Die at 20

    You Will Die at 20

    June 11, 20217:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be made available for purchase on the day of the screening at Casa Árabe’s headquarters, as of one hour before each screening (payment in cash or by debit/credit card). Assigned seats with tickets. 
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    On Friday, June 11 in Madrid, we begin Casa Árabe’s screenings dedicated to Sudanese cinema with this film. This fictional feature film was directed by Amjad Abu Alala.
    You Will Die at 20, by Amjad Abu Alala (Germany, Egypt, Norway, Qatar, Sudan, 2019, 105’) Fiction.

    The film premiered in Spain at the seventeenth edition of the Tarifa-Tangier African Film Festival of 2020, winning the Best Film Award “for its wonderful film language, for the values it represents, for showing how a young man works and fights against preconceived ideas, under the burdens of religion and tradition, and how he decides to wake up the world.”

    Plot summary: Sudan’s Aljazira province in the present day. Shortly after Muzamil’s birth, the village’s religious chief predicts his death at the age of 20. Muzamil’s father cannot come to terms with this curse and abandons his family. His mother Sakina takes care of her son on her own and grows overprotective. One day, however, Muzamil turns  19 years old…

    Amjad Abu Alala. A Sudanese director and producer, he is currently based in the United Arab Emirates. He has worked as a film and documentary director for Arab and Western channels. As a producer and director, he has made many short films. He heads the Programming Committee of the Sudan Independent Film Festival and is the Sudanese representative at the Arab Film Institute.
  • Talking About Trees

    Talking About Trees

    June 18, 20217:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be made available for purchase on the day of the screening at Casa Árabe’s headquarters, as of one hour before each screening (payment in cash or by debit/credit card). Assigned seats with tickets. 
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    Our second screening of films sessions devoted to Sudanese film in Madrid. This time around, we are showing a documentary directed by Suhaib Gasmebari.
    Talking About Trees, by Suhaib Gasmelbari  (Germany, Chad, France, Qatar, Sudan, 2019, 93’) Documentary.

    The documentary format used in Talking About Trees allowed Gasmelbari not only to talk about the facts, but also to increase awareness about the precarious work of preserving the country’s  national film archives, and the restrictions on radio broadcasting in Sudan.

    Plot summary: Ibrahim, Soliman, Manar and Altayeb are filmmakers who have remained friends for over 45 years. They are all idealists with a great sense of humanity. They meet up again after many years living far apart and exile, to breathe life back into an old dream: making cinema a reality in Sudan. They are determined to leave their mark behind and spread their love for film.

    Suhaib Gasmelbari was born in Sudan in 1979, where he lived until the age of 16. He studied filmmaking in France at the University of Paris VIII. He has written and directed several short-subject films, both fiction and documentaries. In his work as a film archive researcher, he has recovered old Sudanese films and actively participated in the digitization of Sudanese works of cinema. When he returned, he filmed Forgotten Films of Sudan (2017), which discusses the precarious preservation of films in Sudan, and Talking About Trees (2019), about the distribution of films in that country.
  • You Will Die at 20

    You Will Die at 20

    June 25, 20217:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be made available for purchase on the day of the screening at Casa Árabe’s headquarters, as of one hour before each screening (payment in cash or by debit/credit card). Assigned seats with tickets.
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    Last chance to see this fictional movie in Madrid, as part of the screenings that we are holding on Sudanese cinema throughout the month of June. Buy your ticket online now.
    You Will Die at 20, by Amjad Abu Alala (Germany, Egypt, Norway, Qatar, Sudan, 2019, 105’) Fiction.  

    The film premiered in Spain at the seventeenth edition of the Tarifa-Tangier African Film Festival of 2020, winning the Best Film Award “for its wonderful film language, for the values it represents, for showing how a young man works and fights against preconceived ideas, under the burdens of religion and tradition, and how he decides to wake up the world.”

    Plot summary: Sudan’s Aljazira province in the present day. Shortly after Muzamil’s birth, the village’s religious chief predicts his death at the age of 20. Muzamil’s father cannot come to terms with this curse and abandons his family. His mother Sakina takes care of her son on her own and grows overprotective. One day, however, Muzamil turns  19 years old…

    Amjad Abu Alala. A Sudanese director and producer, he is currently based in the United Arab Emirates. He has worked as a film and documentary director for Arab and Western channels. As a producer and director, he has made many short films. He heads the Programming Committee of the Sudan Independent Film Festival and is the Sudanese representative at the Arab Film Institute.
  • Talking About Trees

    Talking About Trees

    July 02, 20217:30 p.m.
    MADRID
    Casa Árabe Auditorium (at Calle Alcalá, 62). 7:30 p.m. 5 euros: general tickets at the box office.
    4 euros: Tickets purchased online, the officially unemployed, Casa Árabe Language Center students and Youth Card holders, by showing the proper documentation. You may only receive one discount. Sales in advance at www.casaarabe.es up to the day of the screening at 12:00 p.m. Those tickets not sold online will be made available for purchase on the day of the screening at Casa Árabe’s headquarters, as of one hour before each screening (payment in cash or by debit/credit card). Assigned seats with tickets. 
    Films shown in the original language version with subtitles in Spanish.
    The screening of this documentary by Suhaib Gasmelbari brings to an end the screenings of Sudanese cinema that Casa Árabe has been offering in Madrid over the last month. Buy your ticket online at a discount. 
    Talking About Trees, by Suhaib Gasmelbari  (Germany, Chad, France, Qatar, Sudan, 2019, 93’) Documentary.

    The documentary format used in Talking About Trees allowed Gasmelbari not only to talk about the facts, but also to increasing awareness about the precarious work of preserving the country’s  national film archives, and the restrictions on radio broadcasting in Sudan.

    Plot summary: Ibrahim, Soliman, Manar and Altayeb are filmmakers who have remained friends for over 45 years. They are all idealists with a great sense of humanity. They meet up again after many years living far apart and exile, to breathe life back into an old dream: making cinema a reality in Sudan. They are determined to leave their mark behind and spread their love for film.

    Suhaib Gasmelbari was born in Sudan in 1979, where he lived until the age of 16. He studied filmmaking in France at the University of Paris VIII. He has written and directed several short-subject films, both fiction and documentaries. In his work as a film archive researcher, he has recovered old Sudanese films and actively participated in the digitization of Sudanese works of cinema. When he returned, he filmed Forgotten Films of Sudan (2017), which discusses the precarious preservation of films in Sudan, and Talking About Trees (2019), about the distribution of films in that country.