Sudan Cinema Flickers Back To Life After Bashir Ouster
Muhammad Irfan 11 days ago Tue 03rd December 2019 | 10:50 AM
Khartoum, Dec 3 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 3rd Dec, 2019 ) :Talal Afifi has worked for years to revive Sudanese cinema which has languished through decades of authoritarian rule. With the fall of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir, he sees new hope.
Bashir's Islamist-backed rule of 30 years had seen cinemas shuttered and US sanctions prevent imports of vital equipment in a country once known as a pioneer for film-making in Africa.
"I wanted to remind people that there is a place called Sudan, which was once renowned in the field of cinema, and that it still has its heart beating for this art," he told AFP.
Today, following Bashir's ouster in April, 42-year-old Afifi and his colleagues are hoping film-making will get a fresh boost in the northeast African country.
Sudanese cinema dates back to the shooting of the first silent film in 1898, a few years after the invention of moving images, according to veteran director Ibrahim Shaddad.
"There were no closed cinema halls at that time because of extreme heat and lack of air conditioners," said Shaddad.
But Bashir's seizing of power on the back of an Islamist-back coup in 1989 delivered the industry a powerful blow.
"There were five or six different government agencies that had the power to monitor us. That was nerve-wracking," said Afifi.