Across the divides of rich and poor, Muslim and Christian, north and south, light-skinned and dark, Mona and Julia become friends.
Directed by Mohamed Kordofani | 2023 | Sudan |120 Mins | M [Adult Themes]
Freedom Prize | Un Certain Regard | Cannes Film Festival
Audience Award | Paysages de Cinéastes
Youth Jury Award | Paysages de Cinéastes
Women’s Jury Award | Paysages de Cinéastes
Roger Ebert Award | Chigaco International Film Festival
Best African Film | Septimius Awards
Press Jury Award | War on Screen Film Festival
Audience Award | War on Screen Film Festival
Best Film | Belfast Film Festival
Best Director in a Debut Feature Film | Cyprus International Film Festival=
Best Leading Actress Award | Cyprus International Film Festival
Best Actress Award | Muslim International Film Festival
Excellence Award | Muslim International Film Festival
Audience Award | Monstra de Cinema Arab
Two women forge an unusual friendship across devastating divides in an engrossing Sudanese drama.
Wracked by guilt after covering up a murder, Mona — a northern Sudanese retired singer in a tense marriage — tries to make amends by taking in the deceased’s southern Sudanese widow, Julia, and her son, Daniel, into her home.
Unable to confess her transgressions to Julia, Mona decides to leave the past behind and adjust to a new status quo, unaware that the country’s turmoil may find its way into her home and put her face to face with her sins.
Adelaide Film Festival 2023
Brisbane International Film Festival 2023
Melbourne International Film Festival 2023
Border Mail Film Festival 2023
Darwin International Film Festival 2023
In Aus and NZ cinemas early 2024. Watch this space for dates.
“A prizewinner in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section, Mohamed Kordofani’s well-performed deep cut into Sudan’s recent history unfolds like a morality thriller. Telling the story of a fraught friendship between two very different women, Kordofani’s intelligent, compassionate scripting ensures that the political never overwhelms the personal. Yet it also illuminates just how well the fault lines that divide a nation can map onto the rifts within a human heart divided against itself.”
“Manages to strike a perfect balance between an intelligent political and cultural backdrop and a thrilling and highly intimate plot.”
“A gut-wrenching and emotionally rewarding tale of religious persecution compounded by entrenched racism… With the help of an excellent cast, Kordofani proves that it is possible to bear witness to history in a place rarely depicted on screen while framing repercussions as an ever-evolving game of high-stakes emotional chess.”
“Kordofani’s fine direction balances the film’s multiple modes: It’s a drama, with shades of a thriller and a sense of its own politics.”