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COMING SOON TO YOUR SCREENS. On archives, legacies and new waves of Sudanese Cinema | Nov 22-24, 2017


That, Around Which The Universe Revolves | Chapter V: Berlin| Nov 30, 2017 - Jan 28,2018 at SAVVY Contemporary and Dec 1-3, 2017 at Hebbel am Ufer


COMING SOON TO YOUR SCREENS. On archives, legacies and new waves of Sudanese Cinema

A collaboration between the Sudan Film Factory, Studio Gad, Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art and SAVVY Contemporary

November 22-24, 2017

SAVVY Contemporary | Plantagenstraße 31 & Arsenal Cinema | Potsdamer Straße 2

STUDIO by Amjad Abu Alala


In the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, Sudan was at the cutting edge of film-making in Africa. Gadalla Gubara, a lesser known pioneer of African cinema, realised over 50 documentary and feature film productions and made some of the continent’s best-known films. He incepted Khartoum’s first film studio, “Studio Gad” and is a founding father of the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers FEPACI and the FESPACO festival in Burkina Faso. Today Sudan is once again entering a new arena of film-making. The first ever film festival in the country, the Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF) has been launched in Khartoum in 2014, showcasing quality Sudanese and international films each year. Focused on independent cinema as a form of artistic expression for social debate and change, it has set out to diversify West­ern cinema paradigms by establishing itself as a platform celebrating African culture and aes­thetics.

COMING SOON TO YOUR SCREENS. On archives, legacies and new waves of Sudanese Cinema digs into the archives and traces the glorious legacy to present-day new waves of contemporary Sudanese cinema.

The first screening of the digitalised version of Gadalla’s first feature film TAJOUJE (1977) in Berlin will mark the opening of the programme on November 22nd at Arsenal Cinema. The Arsenal - Institute of Film and Video Art together with Katharina von Schroeder and Nadja Korinth have, over the past years, realised an extensive project dedicated to the preservation and digitalisation of the film holdings of Gadalla Gubara, produced at Khartoum’s famous “Studio Gad”. The film will be presented by his daughter Sara Gadalla who lives and works as a filmmaker in Khartoum. Gadalla’s final master piece LES MISÉRABLES will be screened on the second night, November 23rd at SAVVY Contemporary in attendance of Sara Gadalla. On the final evening, November 24th we will exit the archive and screen a curated night of five short films followed by a conversation on present-day Sudanese film production, cinematic state of the art and future directions with the curator of the programme Talal Affifi.


November 22, 2017 | 9 PM

Arsenal Cinema 1 | Potsdamer Straße 2 | 10785 Berlin

TAJOUJE by Gadalla Gubara / Sudan, 1977 / 90 min / Arabic with English subtitles - Berlin Premiere with Sara Gadalla in attendance

November 23, 2017 | 7 PM

SAVVY Contemporary | Plantagenstraße 31 | 13347 Berlin

KHARTOUM by Gadalla Gubara / Sudan, 1960 / 24 min / Arabic with English subtitles - with Sara Gadalla in attendance

LES MISÉRABLES by Sara Gadalla and Gadalla Gubara / Sudan, 2006 / 112 min / English - Berlin Premiere with Sara Gadalla in attendance

November 24, 2017 | 7 PM

SAVVY Contemporary | Plantagenstraße 31 | 13347 Berlin

COMING SOON TO YOUR SCREENS. A cinematic conversation on the present and future of Sudanese Short Films curated by Talal Afifi with the following selection:

EMAN by Mia Bittar / 40 min

NYERKUK by Mohamed Kordofani / 19 min

TASAMI by Tarig Suliman / 7 min

STUDIO by Amjad Abu Alala / 8 min

VEGANIZE by Khalid Salem / 8 min

Talal Afifi 1976, is a Sudanese film curator, creative producer, and the founder and director of Sudan Film Factory, a production house and film culture platform that works since 2010 in empowering and building youth capacities in the field of documentation, filmmaking and freedom of expression. He is the founder and president of Sudan Independent Film Festival since 2014 and art manager of Karmakol International Festival. He is also a member of the executive committee of the Sudanese Writers ‘Union. Previously working in cultural management in Egypt and Sudan, he also managed the production of a variety of documentaries and short films between 2010-2017, in addition to supervising filmmaking workshops and training in Sudan. Afifi is interested in further developing the independent filmmaking industry and supporting new modes of documentary production and presentation.

Gadalla Gubara is one of the less well-known pioneers of African cinema. He ran the first film studio in Sudan and was co-founder of both the Pan-African Federation of Filmmakers FEPACI and the FESPACO festival (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso). His oeuvre spans feature films, reports, educational documentaries, advertising films and home movies. He documented Sudan’s political and social developments for over 50 years, from independence in 1956 via the phase of socialist government and its policy of modernization all the way through to the proclamation of the Islamic Republic in 1983, equally capturing the obvious deterioration in conditions for filmmaking that went hand in hand with this development.

Sara Gadalla Gubara lives and works in Khartoum. She has directed feature films, documentaries and animated films. She is a long distance swimmer, and has participated in local and international competitions. In addition, she advises NGOs on questions of gender and equal opportunities. Sara Gubara is a graduate of the Academy of Arts in Cairo. Her films have been presented at festivals in South Africa, Zanzibar, and Uganda.

COMING SOON TO YOUR SCREENS. On archives, legacies and new waves of Sudanese Cinema is a cooperation between the Sudan Film Factory, Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art and SAVVY Contemporary.

Supported by the Cultural Desk of the Sudan Embassy in Berlin.

Project coordinators: Elena Quintarelli and Laura Klöckner


That, Around Which The Universe Revolves | Chapter V: Berlin

Exhibition at SAVVY Contemporary | Nov 30, 2017-Jan 28, 2018 | Thur-Sun 2-7PM

Programme at Hebbel am Ufer | Dec 1-3, 2017

SAVVY Contemporary | Plantagenstraße 31 & HAU 2 | Hallesches Ufer 32

Searching for Love. Performance by Nancy Mteki during THAT, AROUND WHICH THE UNIVERSE REVOLVES | Chapter III: Harare (c) Jekesai Njikizana

I am the drum, you are the drum, and we are the drum. Rhythm is the soul of life. The whole universe revolves in rhythm. Everything and every human action revolves in rhythm. --Babatunde Olatunji (1927-2003)

The research, performance and exhibition project THAT, AROUND WHICH THE UNIVERSE REVOLVES brings together visual artists, urbanists, photographers, performers and theorists to investigate the interrelations of space and time, memory, architecture and urban planning through and beyond Henri Lefebvre’s concept of Rhythmanalysis. The cities of Lagos, Düsseldorf, Harare, Hamburg and Berlin are engaged in a network that investigates their specific urban epistemologies and histories. The cities serve as laboratories of an investigation into the temporal and spacial dimensions of everyday urban life, seen through the interrelations between the body, rhythm and urban structures. The Berlin chapter is the fifth and final chapter of our project. Echoes, memories and findings of two-yearlong research, performances and conversations within and beyond the framework of rhythmanalysis will be presented in an exhibition at SAVVY Contemporary and in a performance and discursive programme at Hebbel am Ufer.

The interconnection of a people's or society's memory and a specific space and time was a driving force behind the works of sociologist and philosopher Henri Lefebvre. In his posthumously published book Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time and Everyday Life, Lefebvre puts a spotlight on the concept of rhythm in his effort to synthesize a new scientific field of knowledge through rhythmanalysis. In general terms, Lefebvre recognises rhythms in our everyday life, in our movements through space and our interactions with objects in space, i.e. in every interaction between the biological and the social. In this seminal work, Lefebvre tries to renegotiate the understanding of urban and rural space, things, media, politics etc. through the concept of rhythm. It is about analysing everydayness, the mundane, the repetitive, the 'interference of linear and cyclical processes', just as much as the cycle of life 'birth, growth, peak, then decline and end', and all these supply 'the framework for the analyses of the particular, therefore real and concrete cases that feature in music, history and lives of individuals or groups'.

Understanding and coping with the limits of Lefevbre’s perspective, the project proposes the artist as a contemporary rhythmanalyst who could chronicle a delimited space and people. Contemporary artists and performers are invited to investigate how heritage is produced, reshaped and unmade within cities as archives of rhythms. The performative interventions and discursive programs in Düsseldorf, Berlin and Hamburg invited African and Diasporic artists to also investigate the history of African presence and resistance in Germany to rethink temporal-historical and spatial-geographical urban concepts.

The project gives room for reflections on the intimate interrelations between African and German cities by investigating, for instance, German cities' fiercely debated colonial histories choreographically, by way of Rhythmanalysis that introduces a play of encounter, drawing lines between past and present, between buildings, monuments, stories and the everyday movement of people through them. The project's focus on urgent contemporary urban topics like gentrification, wage gaps, security zones, architecture and urban planning, exclusion, movements, creative spaces and communities through research and African artistic practice, seeks to play an important and innovative contribution to the reception of Lefebvre’s exceptionally significant philosophical and sociological theories that is being put into life and work, rhythm and contemplation within the circuits of this project.

Exhibition with: Akinbode Akinbiyi, Fikret Atay, Vartan Avakian, Allana Clarke, Eli Cortiñas, Masimba Hwati, iQhiya, Delio Jasse, Lamia Joreige, Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyen, Christian Nyampeta, Trinh Thi Minh Hà

Programme with: Akinbode Akinbiyi, Jacques Coursil, Lamin Fofana, Marque Gilmore, Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Noa Ha, Kei Miller, Dorothee Munyaneza, Omar Nagati, Robin Rhode, AbdouMaliq Simone, Awilda Sterling, Greg Tate, Trinh Thi Minh-Hà

Exhibition architecture (foyer): I-Ching by Lorenzo Sandoval


Artistic direction: Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

Curators: Elena Agudio, Anna Jäger and Saskia Köbschall

Management: Lema Sikod

Production Assistants: Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Johanna Wild


A Collaboration of SAVVY Contemporary with Gintersdorfer/Klaßen, Q-Dance, Njelele Art Station, Hebbel am Ufer, FFT Düsseldorf and Kampnagel Hamburg

2016 – 2018 in Lagos, Düsseldorf, Harare, Hamburg and Berlin

The project is funded by the TURN fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.