Cinema in Sudan: Conversations with Gadalla Gubara (2008)


Official nominations at 17 international film festivals.
Shown twice on Egyptian TV in July 2010

CNC (National Cinema Centre), Images de la culture, France


Frédérique ’s first documentary film, Cinema in Sudan: Conversations with Gadalla Gubara, builds up a portrait of a great Sudanese film-maker, Gadalla Gubara (1920 – 2008). He was still working at the age of eighty-eight - one of the pioneers of cinema in Africa.

He lost his sight at the age of 80 but still continued to film life in Sudan as no one before him. Through his oeuvre, Gadalla reveals to us a Sudan both mysterious and misunderstood.

Despite censorship and lack of financial support over sixty years, he produced cinema that is independent and unique in a country where freedom of expression is a rare luxury.

The film “Conversations with Gadalla Gubara” retraces the struggle of a man who received the 2006 Award for Excellence for his career at the Africa Academy Awards, Nigeria.

The film shows a unique collection of archive footage and stills photography from one of the founding fathers of African cinema.

Gadalla was a person with a unique character: a Sudanese gentleman of great charm, caustic in his criticism of film-making, a humorist of refinement whose blindness had not diminished the rebel in him.

Genre: Documentary / history
Duration: 1 x 52’
Producer / Director: Frederique Cifuentes

The Golden Jubilee of Egyptian Television 1960 – 2010

A celebration was held on July 2010 to mark the Golden Jubilee of Egyptian Television, which started broadcasting in 1960. Frederique was invited to present her film “Cinema in Sudan, conversations with Gadalla Gubara” during the festivities.
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