The Roundup (aKasha)

A universal love story but set in a time of war in present day Sudan. We follow Adnan, a machine gun-loving rebel, his love interest, Lina, and the army-dodging Absi, over a fateful 24 hours.

Director's note
In the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile regions of Sudan, our lives are saturated with the rhetoric and ideology of war and revolution. But people here are also trying to live their normal lives – there is music and gatherings, romance and laughter. I find the juxtaposition of big philosophical ideas around revolution with the simple lives of people very compelling; it’s this contrast that I see daily. I want to make a film that is engaging and enjoyable to watch but still questions the state we are in. I want to explore the world we live in through a lighter story – using fiction to look more closely at our decisions and ambitions.

World premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2018, Settimana della critica

Key Festivals and awards
Venice International Film Festival 2018
Torino International Film Festival 2018

Sudan / South Africa / Qatar / Germany 2018
Director: Hajooj Kuka
Producers: Big World Cinema (South Africa), Refugee Club (Sudan), Komplizen Film (Germany) German WCF partner: Komplizen Film
World Sales: tbc

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in July 2017
Funding amount: 40.000 €