Our Beloved Sudan

Director: Taghreed Elsanhouri
Countries: Sudan / UK
Year: 2011
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: Arabic / English

Our beloved Sudan takes the historical trajectory of a nation from birth in 1956 to its death or transmutation into two separate states in 2011 and within this structure it interlaces a public and a private story. Inviting key political figures to reflexively engage with the historical trajectory of the film while observing an ordinary mixed race family caught across the divides of a big historical moment as they try to make sense of it and live through it.

About the Director

Taghreed Elsanhouri

Biography: Born in Sudan in the northern province of Dongola, Taghreed Elsanhouri’s family settled in Britain in 1979. Taghreed obtained a BA in Sociology and English from the University of Kent at Canterbury and an MA in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). All about Darfur was Taghreed Elsanhouri’s first independent feature length documentary. The film won the Chairperson’s Prize at the 2005 Zanzibar International Film Festival and was selected for the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival as well as the 2005 Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival. Taghreed worked in TV production and broadcast news for over 10 years. As staff researcher and producer at the Middle East Broadcasting Center, she completed projects including a series of short films on the traditional children’s games of the Gulf States for Disney Channel Dubai and a lifestyle mini documentary series for Aljazeera. The program, titled Moaid fil Mahjar, profiled the lives of successful members of the Arab Diaspora in the West.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
All about Darfur (2006);
Our Beloved Sudan (2012).

All about Darfur (2005);
Witness: the Orphans of Mygoma (2009);
Our Beloved Sudan (2011).