July 2018, living archive

Gadalla Gubara

Sudanese filmmaker Gadalla Gubara (1921–2008) documented his country’s post-colonial era in over 50 documentaries, adverts, educational films, shorts, and feature following the independence of Sudan in 1956. His cinematic legacy was able to be digitized by Arsenal in collaboration with the Studio Gad archive in Khartoum in 2013 and 2016 with the help of funding from the Foreign Office’s cultural preservation program. On June 19, six films will be shown in the presence of his daughter, including KHARTOUM (1960), a historical film about the once lively city, BATA COMPANY (1972), POLICE TRAFIC (1965), a selection of advertising films (1965–1970), SONGS OF KHARTOUM (1970) and VIVA SARA (1984), which accompanies Sara Gubara on a race between Capri to Naples as Sudan’s first international swimmer.

Program at Arsenal Cinema:

Thursday 19.7., 7.30pm, with a discussion with Mai and Sara Gubara
KHARTOUM   Sudan 1960   English Version   25‘
BATA COMPANY   Sudan 1972   English ST   6’
ADVERTISEMENT   Sudan 1965–1970   English ST   3‘
SONGS OF KHARTOUM   Sudan 1970   English ST  18‘
VIVA SARA   Sudan 1984   Original English Version   10‘

More information on the film holdings of Gadalla Gubara can be found here

For more information on Studio Gad, see: studiogadarchive.com

On July 20 and in the framework of their current project United Screens: On Cinema Beyond the Borders of the Screen, SAVVY Contemporary will show contemporary short films by filmmakers from Khartoum, curated by the head of the Sudan Film Factory, Talal Afifi, and in the presence of filmmaker Shehab Satti. You can find the programme here