Beats of the Antonov

2014 | Sudan, South Africa | NR | 68 min.


Kirkbride at the Commons Sat, Jul 29, 2017 6:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Travel Ban
Free Buzz Movies
Release Year:2014
Runtime:68 min.
Production Country:Sudan
South Africa
Original Language:Arabic
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Hajooj Kuka
Produced by:Steven Markovitz
Screenwriter:Hajooj Kuka
Cinematography:Hajooj Kuka
Editing By:Hajooj Kuka
Khalid Shamis


This dynamic, emotional, even jubilant debut documentary proves that the human need for music prevails even in the throes of war. Returning to his homeland, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka spent two years capturing the vibrant music and rituals that unify refugees in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions through a shared heritage. Despite living each day in fear of bombings and the ethnic cleansing perpetrated by North Sudan’s government, Kuka captures farmers and herders expressing happiness and joy through laughter, songs signalling the conclusion of raids, and ceremonial dances. This Toronto International Film Festival Audience Award winner seeks to preserve and celebrate a musical tradition and cultural identity threatened with annihilation, and reminds us that the optimism and resilient spirit that beats in the hearts of a courageous people cannot be quashed.

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