Suzannah Mirghani / Sudan, Qatar / 20 mins / Arabic / Rating 12 / Scottish Premiere
In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad. Nafisa’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa's future. But can Nafisa choose for herself?
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About the director
Suzannah Mirghani is a Sudanese-Russian writer, researcher, independent filmmaker and a media studies and museum studies graduate. She is interested in stories about the complexity of identity. AL-SIT (2020, Sudan/Qatar), has won 18 international awards, including three Academy Award qualifying prizes in 2021: Best of Fest at LA Shorts; Grand Prix at Tampere Film Festival; and Best Short Film at BronzeLens. Other awards include the Canal+ Award at Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival; Best Short Film at Zanzibar Film Festival; and Jury Award at Busan Short Film Festival. Her latest short is the experimental Virtual Voice (2021), which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. Suzannah is working on her first feature Cotton Queen, a magical realist tale set in the cotton fields of Sudan.