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A film by Suzannah Mirghani

Genre(s): Drama

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  • Suzannah Mirghani


    Suzannah Mirghani is a writer, researcher, and independent filmmaker, highlighting stories from the Arab world. She is a media studies and museum studies graduate, and the author or editor of several academic books and articles. Being of multicultural Sudanese and Russian backgrounds, Suzannah is interested in stories that examine the complexity of identity. She is the writer, director, and producer of AL-SIT (2020), a story about an arranged marriage in a cotton-farming village in Sudan. Her previous short films include CARAVAN (2016) and HIND's DREAM (2014).

    2014: Hind's Dream
    2016: Caravan
    2020: Al-Sit

Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2020: Ajyal Film Festival
  • 2021: Clermont Ferrand International short film festival Canal+, Cine+ Award
  • 2021: TAMPERE Film Festival International Competition Grand Prix
  • 2021: Aspen Shortsfest
  • 2021: Malmö Arab Film Festival Special Mention
  • 2021: European Independent Film Festival Excellence in Women's Filmmaking
  • 2021: San Francisco International Film Festival
  • 2021: Busan International Short Film Festival Jury Award
  • 2021: Toronto Arab Film Festival Audience Award, Jury Award for Most Promising Filmmaker
  • 2021: Palm Springs International Shortfest


In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have arranged her marriage to Nadir, a young Sudanese businessman living abroad.
Nafisa’s grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa’s future. But can Nafisa choose for herself?

Canal+, Cine+ Award at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2021
International Competition Grand Prix at Tampere Film Festival 2021

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 20'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Sound: Stereo
  • Country(ies) of production: Sudan / Qatar
  • Original Language(s): Arabic
  • Subtitle(s) available: English
  • Audience: General Audiences
  • Format(s) available: ProRes HD

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Mihad Murtada, Rabeha Mohammed, Mohammed Magdi, Haram Basher, Asir Mahjoub
  • Screenplay: Suzannah Mirghani
  • Cinematographer: Khalid Awad
  • Editor: Abdelrahim Kattab, Suzannah Mirghani
  • Sound: Falah Hannoun
  • Producer: Suzannah Mirghani, Eiman Mirghani