Directed by Suzannah Mirghani



20 min


Sudan Qatar






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?


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

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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


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



  • Ajyal Film Festival |


  • 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

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

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