DO 15 NOV 18.00
BEATS OF THE ANTONOV BY HAJOOJ KUKA
SUDAN / SOUTH AFRICA 2014 DCP OV 68 MIN
IN THE PRESENCE OF HAJOOJ KUKA
Sudan has been in an almost constant state of war since independence. The Sudanese government’s Antonov planes bombard the rebel army in the conflict regions, but hit civilians, too. Every day, people living in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions face the possibility of death and the destruction of their dwellings and possessions. Musical traditions gain a new and vital significance in this time of war. We watch as traditional musicians build and play the rababa, a stringed instrument, getting whole villages to join in the dancing and singing. We hear lyrics inspired by life during wartime. They keep the people alive, in body and in spirit. Beats of the Antonov scrutinizes the national identity and assigns a defining role to the music, offering a new perspective on the Sudanese conflict.
HAJOOJ KUKA, born in Sudan, first completed an engineering degree in Lebanon and then studied film in New York. He works as a reporter and documentary filmmaker and actively promotes human rights in his homeland. BEATS OF THE ANTONOV premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he won the People’s Choice Documentary Award.