TALKING TO TREES

DAY TWO QLD PREMIERE OF AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY

The Queensland Premiere of award winning documentary, Talking About Trees.

Winner: Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival
Winner: Special Jury Prize at Istanbul Film Festival
Nominated: Sydney Film Prize


SHORT SYNOPSIS


Ibrahim, Suleiman, Manar and Altayeb have been friends for over 45 years. They left their motherland in the 1960s and 1970s to study film abroad and founded the Sudanese Film Group in 1989. After years of distance and exile, they are reunited, hoping to finally make their old dream come true; to bring cinema to Sudan. They are determined to leave something behind and ignite the love for cinema. Throughout the images they created, the ones they lost and the ones they had hoped to make, the beautiful and horrific faces of their country appear.

LONG SYNOPSIS

Ibrahim, Suleiman, Manar and Altayeb have been friends for over 45 years. They left their motherland in the 1960s and 1970s to study film abroad and founded the Sudanese Film Group in 1989. After years of distance and exile, they are reunited, hoping to finally make their old dream come true; to bring cinema to Sudan.

 

They are determined to leave something behind and ignite the love for cinema. Throughout the images they created, the ones they lost and the ones they had hoped to make, the beautiful and horrific faces of their country appear.

DIRECTORS STATEMENT

“I can say without hesitation that this film was born from an epic yet real image that happened in front of my eyes, I remember it clearly. It was the first time that I participated in a screening at a village with the four friends. After they set up the canvas screen and the show started, sandy wind began to blow moving the screen left and right, two of them (Manar and Ibrahim) quickly got up and sat on each side of the screen to anchor it down by tying both corners to their chairs; no one left despite the wind and the audience continued watching the film engagingly. As the wind strengthened the screen blew up and deflated like the sails of a boat and sometimes the picture was getting out of the screen and coming back.

I was watching the faces of both men as they held the screen while laughing nervously like sail men in a storm. I felt that this trip to a nearby village to Khartoum granted me one of my most important existential lessons about resistance and determination, It was then when the necessity to make this film was born.

This image that granted me the motivation to create this film is not included in the film just like the many other images that these four filmmakers wanted to accomplish in the past forty years but the aggressive political winds of the country stood against their dreams leaving behind a great bitterness but also a strong desire in doing.

TALKING ABOUT TREES is the tale of their 45 years of attempting to make and to show films and of the tireless hope that unites them forever, the story of a struggle of four crafty men with a witty sense of humor.

DATE

21st November 2019

SCHEDULE


3:00PM Talking about Trees

PRICE (Online)


$22 - General Admission
$11 - KCA Members & Concessions

$0  - Emergency workers*  

$0  - Affected by the CQ fires*


PRICE (On Night, Cash only)


$25 - General Admission
$15 - KCA Members & Concessions

$0  - Emergency workers*  

$0  - Affected by the CQ fires*

LOCATION

Yeppoon Town Hall 

25  Normanby Street Yeppoon

FILM INFORMATION

Director   

Producer              

Cast       

*For our fire emergency services and affected community members to claim their tickets, all they need to do is book via our online services and turn up at the door with the ticket and their professional identification or proof of address and we would love to find a place for you at one of our film premiere screenings.

Suhaib Gasmelbari

Marie Balducch

Catherine Fitzgerald

Ibrahim Shaddad
Suliman Ibrahim
Eltayeb Mahdi
Manar Al-Hilo

Hana Abdelrahman Suliman

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