release date July 28 2021
Sudanese Film Al Sit Reaps Three Awards at the Beirut International Women Film Festival
Sudanese short film Al-Sit by director Suzannah Mirghani continues its dazzling success and nabs three new awards making the total number of its awards this year 13. The new three awards are: Best Director at the Beirut International Women Film Festival and Best Short Film and Chairman’s award at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Also, the film was highly acclaimed by festivals’ audience and judging panels, becoming the Arab short film with the highest number of awards in 2021.

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’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa’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 society.

Previously, the judging panel of Ismailia international film festival for documentaries and shorts voted unanimously to award Al Sit film the Best short film award. Also, it won the Audience Choice Award, and the Jury Award for Most Promising Filmmaker for the film’s director at Toronto Arab Film Festival; the Grand Prix at the 51st edition of the Oscar-qualifying Tampere Film Festival; two awards at Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden; Best Script award and Special Mention at Huesca International Film Festival, Spain; Special Jury award at Busan International Short Film Festival, Korea, and Award for Excellence in Arab Filmmaking at The European Independent Film Festival, France.

Furthermore, it nabbed the Canal+/Cine+ Award, which was presented by the French channel Canal Plus Cinema within the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, where the film landed its international premiere. Most recently, the film had its world premiere at the latest edition of the Ajyal Film Festival in Qatar.

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 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’s Dream (2014), Caravan (2016), and Al-Sit (2020).