Talking About Trees (2019)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 34m

At a time when many of us long to be back in the cinema seats, Talking about Trees, winner of the Berlinale Best Documentary Award, affirms a core belief - in the cultural and politically powerful experience of coming together to enjoy a good film.

For the last 30 years in Sudan, cinema has been banned. After a military coup, cinemas were closed, filmmakers arrested and the careers of four Sudanese friends and promising filmmakers were halted before they began. The freedom to make and share films is their driving passion, and one they long to bring back to Sudan. On a mission to revitalize the country’s film culture, this dedicated group of friends decide to rent a dilapidated, old open-air cinema for a large, free screening of a Hollywood film. But can this committed group of friends pull off their first public film screening in a country where government approval is needed, power cuts are frequent, there is no film equipment, and calls to prayer drown out the sound of the film? This beautifully shot feature debut about the value of cultural history, freedom of expression, and the cultural and political power of being able to see something on the big screen, couldn’t be more timely.

Watch at your own pace anytime between Feb 2-Feb 8, 2021, or join us and watch-along before the live Q&A

February 5, 2021
11:25am (PST) / 2:25pm (EST) : Press play and begin watching the film.
12:55pm (PST) / 3:55pm (PST): Grab a quick snack and refill your beverage
1pm (PST) / 4pm (EST) : Join us for the live Q&A on Zoom (RSVP required.)

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Arabic with English Subtitles

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