Nine films distributed by MAD Solutions will take part in the 6th Sudan Independent Film Festival (SIFF) in Sudan (January 21-27). The MAD lineup at the festival includes five feature-length films, which are The Reports on Sarah and Saleem by Muayad Alayan, Weldi by Mohamed Ben Attia, Haifa Street by Mohanad Hayal, Dreamaway by Marouan Omara and Johana. Domke, the Italian film A Ciambra by Jonas Carpignano, and The Tower by Mats Grorud; inaddition to three short films which are Sarmad by Abdullah Alhemairi, Before We Heal by Nadim Hobeika,and Give Up the Ghost by Zain Duraie.
Sudan Independent Film Festival [SIFF], organized by the Sudan Film Factory, is an annual artistic and cultural event held in Khartoum and a meet-up for African, Sudanese and international filmmakers, who work in developing independent films.
About The Reports on Sarah and Saleem:
Set in Jerusalem, Sarah and Saleem are having an extramarital affair that ignites a dangerous game of deceit between those who hold power and those who don’t. The Reports on Sarah and Saleem is written by Rami Alayan and directed by Muayad Alayan.
During its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the film won the Special Jury Award for Best Screenplay in the festival’s Official Competition (Hivos Tiger), in addition to the Audience Award (Hubert Bals). Moreover, it was commercially released in the European Film Market
(EFM), held within the Berlin International Film Festival.
Starring Maisa Abd Elhadi, Adeeb Safadi and Kamel El Basha, the film is a joint production between PalCine Productions in Palestine and co-producers KeyFilm in the Netherlands, Manderley Films GmbH in Germany, and Monofilms in Mexico. Moreover, MAD Solutions, handles the distribution of the film in the Arab world.