Talking About Trees (Black History Month Film & Guest Speaker)

October 13

Once, they were acclaimed film directors; today they are virtually forgotten. Four members of the Sudanese Film Group decide that if the government will no longer let them make films, then at least they will try to show them. That means finding a venue, overcoming bureaucratic obstacles, and attracting a contemporary audience – all documented with humour and warmth on whatever devices come to hand.

“Some of the best talk, and some of the most dedicated collaborations, and some of the warmest friendships that I’ve seen in a movie in quite a while.” Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“A quiet and contemplative look at artists forced to face the reality that their work can no longer exist where they live.” Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

Berlinale Documentary & Audience awards

Starring: Manar Al Hilo, Suleiman Ibrahim, Altayeb Mahdi

Post-screening Q&A with film critic Danny Leigh


Film Information

Title Talking About Trees (Black History Month Film & Guest Speaker)
Directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari
Language Arabic, English, Russian
Country Sudan
Genre documentary
Classification PG
Running Time 93 mins
Release Year 2019
Subtitles Yes
Colour Yes
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