Sudanna Al Habib (Our Beloved Sudan)
Sudanna Al Habib is almost two films in one. On the one hand, Taghreed Elsanhouri’s movie is a deeply personal tale of a family caught astride the divide between north and south Sudan, while on the other, the documentary examines the complexities of the social and political turmoil surrounding the issue of the country’s separation into two distinct territories.
Elsanhouri counters the more weighty issues with scenes of Amira Al-Tairfy and her family, juxtaposing explanations of Sudan’s history and the cases for and against separation with scenes that illustrate what such lofty decisions might mean for the Sudanese people. Some of the personal accounts of political leaders and other officials are starkly honest – tales of the atrocities visited on both sides of the debate are harrowing in the extreme.
But the director maintains a balanced opinion, stopping short of championing or criticizing the manifestos of both pro- and anti-separatists. It’s an eye-opening account of an issue that hasn’t received nearly enough international attention.
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