LSE Department of Media and Communications
Date: Wednesday 19 March 2014
Venue: CLM 6.02, Clement House
Speaker: Taghreed Elsanhouri
Chair: Dr Wendy Willems
Our Beloved Sudan tells the story of the Sudanese nation counting down to a self-determination referendum on whether the country remains united or breaks apart. The film takes the historical trajectory of the nation from birth in 1956 to its partition in 2011, interlacing a public and a private story. It invites key political figures to reflexively engage with Sudan’s history while observing an ordinary, mixed-race family caught across the divides of a big historical moment as they try to make sense of the partition and live through it.
The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with the film director.
Taghreed Elsanhouri is an independent filmmaker and a consultant and writer for the development sector. She is currently finalising a practice-based PhD which adopts ethnographic film as a mode of visual inquiry. ‘Our Beloved Sudan’ is Elsanhouri’s third independent documentary feature. The film world-premiered at the Dubai Film Festival in December 2011, won the Silver Jury Award at the First Luxor African Film Festival in 2012, and featured at the ‘Lines of Control’ exhibition at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum in Ithaca, New York. Elsanhouri’s directorial debut, ‘All About Darfur’, won the Award of Commendation from the American Anthropological Association in 2006, the Chairperson’s Prize at the 2005 Zanzibar International Film Festival, and was selected at numerous film festivals, including the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. Her television projects include ‘Orphans of Mygoma’, a short documentary commissioned by Al Jazeera International as part of their ‘Witness’ documentary strand. ‘Mother Unknown’, an independent feature following the stories of unmarried mothers, won the UNICEF Child Rights Award in 2009.
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