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by Ali Cherri


North Sudan, Merowe Dam. Abu Salma, a seasonal worker from Darfur, works in a traditional brickyard on the Nile, downstream of the dam. Just like his exiled companions, he spends his days in the mud, far from his loved ones and in exhausting labour. Each night, he secretly works on the erection of a structure, a tall shape made out of mud, wood, and plastic. As the mud builds over the solid skeleton of the structure, it begins to take on an almost organic-looking form. One day, as he returns from Jebel Barkal, the mystical mountain, his creation has mysteriously disappeared. Soon strange occurrences begin to take place, and Abu Salma starts to get the uneasy feeling that someone or something is watching him.

international title: The Dam
original title: Alssd
country: France, Canada, Sudan, Germany, Serbia
sales agent: Indie Sales
year: 2022
genre: fiction
directed by: Ali Cherri
film run: 80'
screenplay: Ali Cherri, Geoffroy Grison, Bertrand Bonello
cast: Maher El Khair
cinematography by: Bassem Fayad
film editing: Isabelle Manquillet, Nelly Quettier
art director: Abbass Alkhalifa
music: Robin "Rob" Coudert
producer: Janja Kralj
co-producer: Imane Farès, Martin Hampel, Alsamoual Hussein, Thanassis Karathanos, Vanja Milanovic, Vladimir Perisic
associate producer: Remi Bonhomme
production: KinoElektron, Galerie Imane Farès, Twenty Twenty Vision, Trilema Films, Vega Foundation (CA), DGL Travel HQ (SD)

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