'Talking About Trees' Documentary Wins Variety Award

'Talking About Trees' Documentary Wins Variety Award

Suhaib (centre) receives the award from festival director Intishal Al Timimi


EL GOUNA, EGYPT (Sudanow) - Sudanese film maker Suhaib Gasmelbari received the American magazine Variety’s Middle East and North Africa Region Talent Award at El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt last week.

Suhaib took the award for his documentary “Talking About Trees” which has earlier won two awards in 2019 Berlin International Film Festival; The Documentary Award and The Prize of the Public.

Variety critic Jay Weissberg, who selected the honoree, said that it is not usual that within five minutes of a film starting he begins to cry, but he did so when watching “Talking About Trees.” “There is this most beautiful scene of these Sudanese directors who have not been able to make films, who have not been able to watch films on a big screen, who are expressing their love for cinema by recreating a scene from ‘Sunset Boulevard,’” he explained.


The documentary depicts the memoirs of four pioneer cinema directors trying to set a cinema lounge in the City of Omdurman despite political and social odds.



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