Talking About Trees

Banc d'attente (original title)

A film by Suhaib Gasmelbari

Ibrahim, Soliman, Manar and Altayeb, filmmakers and friends for more than 45 years, idealists and intensely humane. They were reunited again, after long years of distance and exile, to bring life back to their old dream: make cinema a reality in Sudan. They are determined to leave a trace of their passage and inspire the love for cinema. Throughout the images they created, the ones they lost and the ones remaining a desire, the beautiful and horrific faces of their country appear.

Suhaib Gasmelbari

Suhaib Gasmelbari was born in 1979 in Sudan. He studied Cinema in France at the University of Paris VIII. He has written and directed several shorts, both fiction and documentary. TALKING ABOUT TREES is his first feature. He is also a researcher with a special focus on audio-visual archives. Through his research he was able to find some long-lost Sudanese films and actively participate in international and local projects for saving and digitizing Sudanese films, including those of Ibrahim Shadad, Suleiman Mohamed Ibrahim and Altayeb Mahdi.

Suhaib Gasmelbari

Original language: Arabic
Produced by: Agat Films & Cie
In coproduction with: Made in Germany Filmproduktion, GOI-GOI Productions, Vidéo de Poche, Doha Film Fund
In collaboration with: Sudanese Film Group

Glashütte Original Documentary Award - Berlinale 2019  /  Panorama Audience Award - Berlinale 2019
Berlinale 2019, Panorama Section  /  FICCI 2019, Closing Film  /  Istanbul Film Festival 2019, International Competition