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The Dam (12A)

Still from The Dam

Artist Ali Cherri’s feature debut is an eerie political tale of Sudan in which a manual labourer at the hydroelectric Merowe dam turns supernatural.

Lebanese artist and filmmaker Ali Cherri (artist-in-residence at London’s National Gallery in 2021) presents The Dam, which premiered at Cannes' directors' fortnight.

Following the 2009 protest in Sudan, in the build-up to Omar al-Bashir’s ousting, The Dam centres on Maher (Maher El Khair), a brick-maker working on the banks of the Nile. As the revolution gathers momentum, Maher's reality becomes less and less clear, twisting into the supernatural.

Tagged with: Cinema New releases

France / Sudan / Lebanon / Germany / Serbia / Qatar 2022, dir. Ali Cherri, 84 min.,

Arabic with English subtitles

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