Sudanese Film Al-Sit at the International Competition within Tampere Film Festival in Finland

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Sudanese Film Al-Sit at the International Competition within Tampere Film Festival in Finland


Sudanese film Al-Sit by director Suzannah Mirghani competes within the international competition at Tampere Film Festival in Finland (March 10-15). This comes a few days following the filmÂ’s international premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France.

Held every year in March at the city of Tempere in Finland, Tampere Film Festival is one of EuropeÂ’s most prominent short film festivals. This yearÂ’s edition boasts around 250 films, where most of the screenings will be available on the Festhome TV platform from 10th to 21st of March.

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. NafisaÂ’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for NafisaÂ’s 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 HindÂ’s Dream (2014), Caravan (2016), and Al-Sit (2020).