hajooj kuka | Sudan/South Africa/Qatar/Germany 2018 | 1h18m | Arabic with English subtitles | 15
Set in the Nuba mountains in Sudan, this film light-heartedly follows the story of an unusual love triangle between a revolutionary war hero, a girl and an AK47. When Adnan is late to return to his military unit after his leave, army commander Blues launches a kasha: the rounding up and arresting of truant soldiers. Adnan is caught off-guard and makes a run for it with pacifist Absi. The two unlikely friends plot ways to reunite Adnan with his gun – and with Lina – while avoiding their fellow soldiers. Through a series of wry and humorous incidents over 24 hours, we explore life and ideology in rebel-held areas of Sudan.
Inspired by his previous documentary, Beats of the Antonov, which screened at AiM 2015, this is filmmaker hajooj kuka’s first very successful directorial step into fiction.