In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa’s future. But can Nafisa choose for herself?
AL-SIT by director Mirghani features a beautiful screenwriting, amazing cinematography and very natural acting, which makes a truly great performance. All these elements concur in giving the audience an amazing cinematographic experience. In this short film we enjoy two main characters, and both of them are women, as AL-SIT is a great feminist short film. But this work not only talks about women in Sudan, it also talks about Sudan itself from different aspects, showing the conflict of tradition versus modernity, struggling between the false promises of imperialism and progress and the efforts of breaking free from traditions and regressive ideas. Everything is told with a poetic approach, developing an important subject from a unique point of view.
AL-SIT won several awards, including Jury Award at Busan International Short Film Festival, Special Mention of the Grand Jury at Amarcort Film Festival, Best Script Award at Huesca International Film Festival, Audience Award at Toronto Arab Film Festival, Best Short Film at Ismailia Film Festival in Egypt, Best Director at Beirut Women International Film Festival and many, many more.
Director: Suzannah Mirghani
Running time: 20