Sudanese Film Al-Sit Lands its International Premiere at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France
Sudanese short film Al-Sit by director Suzannah Mirghani has landed its international premiere at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France (January 29 ¬Ė February 6) on Monday, February 2.
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 who lives abroad. Nafisa¬ís grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa¬ís future. But can Nafisa choose for herself?
The film presents a sentimental story that revolves around Sudanese women; women who are in power and women who are vulnerable, shedding the light on both ends of the social chain and the changes imposed by the modernized world on the society.
Al-Sit is written and directed by Suzannah Mirghani, who co-produced it along with Eiman Mirghani, and stars Mihad Murtada, Rabeha Mohammed, Mohammed Magdi and Haram Basher. The film is distributed in the Arab world by MAD Solutions and has previously received a development workshop and a production grant from Doha Film Institute, as well as a design grant from VCUarts Qatar.
Suzannah Mirghani is a writer, researcher, and a passionate independent filmmaker with a special interest in highlighting stories from the Arab world. She is a Media Studies and Museum Studies graduate, and the author and editor of several academic books and articles. Being of multicultural Sudanese and Russian backgrounds, Suzannah is interested in stories that examine the complexity of identity. She has under her belt a number of short films that she wrote, directed and produced, including Hind¬ís Dream (2014), Caravan (2016), and Al-Sit (2020).