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THE NGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

9 April 2024

REMEMBER SUDAN: A Solidarity and Fundraising Event

News

Amnesty International in collaboration with, The NGO International Film Festival, and the Sudan Democracy First Group have the pleasure to invite you, as a panelist, to a solidarity and art-focused fundraising event in support of Sudan in the context of the ongoing conflict. The event will be held on 15 April 2024 at the Noir Gallery, Muthangari Drive, Westlands, Nairobi and will start promptly at 2pm local time and will be livestreamed to multiple audiences globally.

The event, themed ‘Brushstrokes of Resilience: A Year of Reflections and Memories from Sudan,’ coincides with the 1st-year anniversary of the beginning of the conflict in Sudan and promises a compelling programme that will engage and inspire audiences to demand more global attention and action in view of the ongoing conflict as well as justice and accountability for recent and past human rights violations and abuses in Sudan.

At the heart of the event lies the critical intersection of advocacy, creative cultural expression and the bold storytelling of Sudanese activists, artists, poets, and musicians to shed light on the experiences of Sudanese affected by the ongoing crisis, underscoring the urgency for the international community to pay more attention and take decisive steps to ensure the people of Sudan do not continue to bear the brunt of this conflict.

The panelists will engage in meaningful discourse aimed at delving into the multifaceted effects of the war on Sudanese culture and society, as well as sharing perspectives and providing recommendations on sustainable peace and recovery. This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the flow of the discussion including the questions that you will respond to as a panelist.

Following the panel discussion, we invite you to participate in an art exhibition that will feature the work and talent of Sudanese artists, musicians and storytellers. This exhibition, which is open to the public, will provide an opportunity for fundraising through the sale of Sudanese artwork, the proceeds of which will be directed towards supporting organizations in Sudan aiding those impacted by the conflict. The event will then close with an entertainment and open mic segment featuring Sudanese musicians and artists.

Your participation will not only demonstrate solidarity with the people of Sudan but also contribute to the collective efforts towards finding lasting solutions to the conflict.

PROGRAMME

Venue:Macaulay Honors College

Screening

SON-MOTHER

Duration:
102'

Details:
Iran | 2019

12.03.2023

3PM - 4:40PM EST

Director:
Mahnaz Mohammadi

Synopsis:
Leila is a single working mom of two. The factory she works at faces a crisis and jobs are at stake. Kazem, the factory bus driver, proposes marriage to Leila, but she hesitates to accept his conditions. Kazem has a daughter the same age as her 12yo son, Amir. Since traditions frowns upon a young girl sharing a household with her step-brother, Kazem tells Leila not to bring her son until he marries his daughter off. After Leila is fired from her job, she makes the decision to stay with Kazem and leave Amir at a boarding school for deaf children for a while as she tries to manage his return. There, Amir is forced to pretend he's deaf and dumb, and after a few months tries to run away in search of his mother. On the run, he faces Kazem who asks him to think about his family's future. Amir has to decide.

Venue:Macaulay Honors College

Knowledge Session

Panel Discussion

12.03.2023

4:45PM EST

Panelists:
- Mahnaz Mohammadi, Film Director: Son-Mother
- Hacia Atherton, Founder: Empowered Women in Trade
- Dr, Nacim Pak-Shiraz, Professor & Chair of Cinema and Iran: The University of Edinburgh

Venue:Macaulay Honors College

Screening

TOMORROW EVER AFTER

Duration:
85'

Details:
USA/Israel | 2018

13.03.2023

3PM - 4:25PM EST

Director:
Ela Thier

Synopsis:
In this sci-fi comedic drama, Shaina lives 600 years in the future. Poverty, oppression, war, pollution -- these are things she's read about in history books, but never seen nor experienced. When she accidentally travels to modern day New York City, she tries to recruit help to get back home, while naturally assuming that everyone around her would be honest, caring and generous -- because that's all she'd ever known. A different kind of culture shock immigration story.

Venue:Macaulay Honors College

Knowledge Session

Panel Discussion

13.03.2023

4:30PM EST

Panelists:
- Ela Thier, Founding Director: The Independent Film School, Film Director: Tomorrow Ever After
- Fionna Smyth, Director of Influence & Growth: Development Initiatives

Venue:Macaulay Honors College

Screening

ROSA

Duration:
23'

Details:
USA/Palestine | 2020

14.03.2023

3PM - 3:25PM EST

Director:
Suha Araj

Synopsis:
While working at her aunt's flower shop, Rosa takes her job underground when she begins a side business of shipping undocumented bodies to their home countries for burial.

Venue:Macaulay Honors College

Knowledge Session

Panel Discussion

14.03.2023

3:30PM EST

Panelists:
- Suha Araj, Film Director: Rosa
- Dinah Musindarwezo, Interim CEO: WomanKind Worldwide

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