The Berlin International Film Festival crowned its winners last night at a ceremony in the Berlinale Palast.
“Talking With Trees” was awarded the Berlinale Glashütte Original – Documentary Award, the festival’s top documentary award. The film also won the Panorama Audience Award in the documentary category.
Directed by Suhain Gasmelbari, “Talking About Trees” chronicles the actions of the Sudanese Film Club, a group of retired (though not through their own volition) movie directors who try to reopen a theater in the city of Omdourman, located just outside of Khartoum.
But in a country dominated by Islamists who have made the existence of cinema extremely difficult, especially in the public arena, it proves to be a Sisyphean task.
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