Sudan, near the Merowe dam. Maher works in a traditional brickyard fed by the waters of the Nile. Every evening, he secretly wanders off into the desert to build a mysterious construction made of mud. While the Sudanese people rise to claim their freedom, his creation starts to take a life of its own… Part of a larger project devoted to the landscapes and expansive geographies of violence, this chilling, imposing film identifies how violent crises are rendered invisible in particular environments, and makes tangibles how political, social and geopolitical events are embedded in the most surprising places.
63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere
No physical screenings scheduled.
- Direction: Ali Cherri
- Script: Ali Cherri, Geoffroy Grison, in collaboration with Bertrand Bonello
- Cinematography: Bassem Fayad
- Editing: Isabelle Manquillet, Nelly Quettier
- Sound: Thomas Van Pottelberge, Jakov Munizaba, Simon Apostolou
- Music: ROB
- Actors: Maher El Khair
- Production: KinoElektron
- Producers: Janja Kralj
- Co-producers: Galerie Imane Fares, Vega Foundation, DGL Travel, Twenty Twenty Vision Filmproduktion GmbH, Trilema
- Format: DCP
- Color: Color
- Production Country: France, Lebanon, Sudan, Qatar, Germany, Serbia
- Production Year: 2022
- Duration: 81΄
- Contact: Indie Sales
Born in Beirut, Ali Cherri is a visual artist and filmmaker living in Paris. His work examines the construction of historical narratives by combining films, videos, sculptures, and installations. Ali is the Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in London (2021/22) and has been awarded with the Silver Lion for promising artist at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (2022). His short films The Disquiet and The Digger have been shown in prominent film festivals. The Dam, a fiction shot in Sudan during the revolution, is his debut feature film.
2013 The Disquiet (short)
2015 The Digger (short)
2022 The Dam