Al-Sit

Directed by Suzannah Mirghani

2020

Drama

20 min

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Sudan Qatar

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Color

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Arabic

Synopsis

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 Nafisa choose for herself?

Achievements

Award winning festival hit, Al-Sit began was first screened at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, where it received the Canal+, Cine+ Award

Relevant Details

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

Quotes

A film told in a simple but profound way (...) that touches upon a very modern problem: a conflict between different values – profit and progress versus tradition. - Jury statement, Tampere Film Festival

Festivals

2020

  • Ajyal Film Festival

2021

  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival • Canal+, Ciné+ Award
  • Tampere Film Festival | International CompetitionGrand Prix
  • Aspen Shortsfest
  • Toronto Arab Film Festival • Audience Award
  • Huesca International Film Festival • Best Script
  • Malmö Arab Film Festival • Special Mention
  • European Independent Film Festival • Excellence in Women's Filmmaking
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • LA Shorts International Film Festival • Best of Fest
  • Bronzelens Film Festival • Best Short Film
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Busan International Short Film Festival • Jury Award
  • Palm Springs International Shortfest
  • AFI Fest • Grand Jury Prize
  • New Orleans Film Festival • Best Narrative Short
  • Interfilm Berlin • Best Live Action Short

Cast & Crew

  • Cast:Mihad Murtada, Rabeha Mohammed, Mohammed Magdi, Haram Basher, Asir Mahjoub
  • Script:Suzannah Mirghani
  • Cinematographer:Khalid Awad
  • Editor:Abdelrahim Kattab, Suzannah Mirghani
  • Sound design & mix:Falah Hannoun
  • Producer:Suzannah Mirghani, Eiman Mirghani

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