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Al Dhareeh / The Tomb

AL DHAREEH (1977) tells the story of a man who claims to be able to heal people.

Production companies High Latitudes (Moscow, Russian Federation), Higher Institute for Cinema (Cairo, Egypt). Written and directed by Eltayeb Mahdi. Cinematography Hisham al-Maleh. Editing Mohamed Kheir Arab. Sound design Adel al-Wakil. Set design Abdul-Ilah Farhud. Assistant director Manar Elhilo. Production manager Othman Akef. Digital restoration Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst. With Abu Bakr John, A-Sir Qudur, Ismail Satti, Tharwat Aloub, Abdel Da'em Omer.

Al Mahatta / The Station

Sudan, in the late 1980s. People cross the desert on foot or cover long distances by car and truck. In AL MAHATTA, Eltayeb Mahdi shows encounters at one of the large crossroads between the capital Khartoum in the centre of the country and Bur Sudan on the Red Sea.

Production company Department of Culture, Cinema Section (Khartoum, Sudan). Written and directed by Eltayeb Mahdi. Cinematography Tawfig O. Fagir. Editing A. Gadir Daoud, Muhammad M. Ali. Music Abdalla M. Abdalla. Sound Awad Eldaw, Elsir Hamid, Salah Saeed. Assistant director Ibrahim Shaddad. Production managers Manar Elhilo, Alsar H. Yousif. Digital Restoration Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst.

Eltayeb Mahdi, born in Omdurman, Sudan in 1951, studied at the Higher Institute of Cinema in Cairo. He is a founding member of the Sudanese Film Group and a member of the editorial board of the magazine Cinema.


1976: Al Dhareeh / The Tomb (17 min.). 1979: Arba`a marat lil atfal / Four Times for Children (17 min.). 1989: Al Mahatta / The Station. 2008: Iyal almatmora (21 min.). 2013: Humaid (70 min.).

Photos: © Eltayeb Mahdi 

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