Director: Hajooj Kuka Country: Sudan/South Africa Year: 2014 Running time: 68 mins Colour: Colour Language: Arabic with English subtitles
As tensions between the so-called Arab north and African south continue, so too does Sudan’s inner-conflict. The Khartoum government of the north imposes not only their rule but their culture on the south, while rebel forces prevail in the Blue Nile state of the Nuba Mountains. Villagers gather in mountain hideouts and refugee camps. For eighteen months, director Hajooj Kuka filmed the lives of displaced communities who have lost friends, family and belongings and yet, far from finding a devastated and defeated people, he discovered a raw purpose and energy. Their weapon: music, song and dance. This beautiful and subtle documentary explores a people coming to terms with their culture, and facing the notion that the question of identity is at the heart of their country’s ongoing conflict.
Followed by a panel on Sudanese identities. Through this discussion we hope to create a space for Sudanese and non-Sudanese attendees to explore the impacts of the conflict in the Blue Nile, but moreover to share and celebrate the various cultures and identities that contribute to the dynamism in Sudan today and in the diaspora.