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A Camel

A Camel

Jamal
Ibrahim Shaddad
Sudan
1981
15 min
n.a.
Corresponding Cinemas
Synopsis

Life is no cakewalk for the star of this film: an Arabian camel. He spends hours walking in circles in a dark and stifling sesame mill. When at last he has a break and gets the chance to rest his neck, goats and chickens walk over his fatigued body—they’re playful, but no less irritating for that. What can he do but dream of a different kind of life?

Director Ibrahim Shaddad graduated in 1964 from the film academy in Potsdam, Germany. Artistic freedom in his homeland of Sudan was limited by the dictatorship, which meant film culture was almost non-existent. He became one of the founders of the Sudanese Film Group, which used activism and humor to inject new life into cinema in his country.

As viewer, you can choose to draw a parallel between the emotional life of the captive camel, dreaming of freedom, and that of the filmmakers who are trapped by censorship. Shaddad’s interplay of light and sound makes the suffering of this majestic animal all the more palpable, while also allowing for moments of humor.

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Credits
15 min
black and white
DCP
Spoken languages: No dialogue
Director
    Ibrahim Shaddad
    Ibrahim Shaddad
Production
    Department of Culture, Cinema Section
    Department of Culture, Cinema Section
Cinematography
    Elhadi Ahmed Ibrahim,
    Salah Eddeen Awad
    Elhadi Ahmed Ibrahim,
    Salah Eddeen Awad
Editing
    Abdel Gadir Daoud
    Abdel Gadir Daoud
World Sales
    Arsenal Distribution
    Arsenal Distribution
Screening copy
    Arsenal Distribution
    Arsenal Distribution

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