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Mizna at Home Virtual Cinema: Sudanese Shorts

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Date(s) - 05/27/2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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RSVP to attend this screening of #MiznaAtHome: Virtual Cinema. 4 Sudanese Shorts will screen on Wednesday, May 27 6 pm CST on Vimeo.  Event details to follow via email.

About this Event

As routines shift and we find ourselves spending more time at home than we ever anticipated, art is an essential respite. We are bringing the best of SWANA cinema to your living room with Mizna at Home: Virtual Cinema.

From taking our classes online, to presenting a virtual literary reading in March, to this virtual cinema series, we’ve been working to discover how to continue to fulfill our mission to provide a platform for SWANA and Muslim artists during this new reality.

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During the late ’70s and early ’80s, a group of filmmakers at the Sudanese Department of Culture issued a periodical named Cinema. In April 1989, they founded the Sudanese Film Group to gain more independence from the state and to fully engage in all aspects of film production, screening, and teaching, as well as maintaining the passion of the Sudanese for the cinema. However, the June 30, 1989 coup d’état, which brought with it a suspicion of all forms of art, terminated any cultural aspirations and banned all civic society organizations. Finally in 2005, the heavy hand of the state was loosened somewhat, and the SFG was able to re-register. Arsenal—Institute digitally restored selected works by these filmmakers in 2018.

Wa Lakin Alardh Tadur / It Still Rotates / ولكن الأرض تدور • Suliman Elnour • 19 min | 1978

Suliman Elnour’s graduation film Wa Lakin Alardh Tadur depicts a typical school scene in Yemen during the time the film was made.

Al Dhareeh / The Tomb / الضريح • Eltayeb Mahdi • 17 mins | 1977

Al Dhareeh tells the story of a man who claims to be able to heal people.

Al Mahatta / The Station / المحطة • Eltayeb Mahdi • 16 mins | 1989

In Sudan, in the late 1980s, people cross the desert on foot or cover long distances by car and truck. Al Mahatta shows encounters at one of the large crossroads between the capital Khartoum in the center of the country and Bur Sudan on the Red Sea.

Jamal / A Camel / جمل • Ibrahim Shaddad • 14 mins | 1981

Jamal is a report from the life of a camel, most of which plays out in a dreary, small room—a sesame mill.


For more than 20 years, Mizna has been a rare space on the national landscape—a multidisciplinary and contemporary creative place for Southwest Asian and North African artists. We publish the lit journal Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America, and produce the Twin Cities Arab Film Fest.

We are proud to say that since the pandemic, we have fulfilled our obligations to artists and paid their full artist fees, this film screening included. We have also been able to keep our small, busy staff paid. Please consider a tax-deductible donation today so that we continue to exist and survive these challenging times.

This screening was originally part of Let There Be Spaces in Your Togetherness, a visual arts exhibition + indie film series by Southwest Asian + North African artists. Presented in partnership with Soo Visual Arts Center, this touring program finished its stop at St. Cloud State University and was installed in Otter Tail County, MN just before the shutdown.


The Center is a multidisciplinary arts organization that has been dedicated to expanding the cultural and creative opportunities for rural Americans since its inception in 1990. More info:


SooVAC envisions a dynamic community in which artists and audiences challenge each other in an environment where art is integral to everyday life.

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