• The Dam

    The Dam



  • The Dam

    The Dam



  • The Dam

    The Dam



  • The Dam

    The Dam



The Dam

a film by Ali Cherri

The Dam

France, Sudan, Germany, Serbia, Qatar | 2022 | 80:00 min

Original Title:
LE BARRAGE

Content Categories

Documentary
Synopsis
Sudan, near the Merowe Dam.
Maher works in a traditional brickyard fed by the waters of the Nile. Every evening, he secretly wanders off into the desert to build a mysterious construction made of mud. While the Sudanese people rise to claim their freedom, his creation slowly starts to take a life of its own…



'Maher (Maher El Kahir) works as a bricklayer in northern Sudan, not far from the massive hydroelectric Merowe Dam located on the Nile. He spends his off hours laboring over another, more mysterious building project: a towering creature he’s making out of mud. In his debut feature, Lebanese visual artist Ali Cherri has constructed his own indefinable work, a riveting film that straddles the line between nonfiction naturalism and supernatural mysticism. Co-written with Bertrand Bonello and Geoffroy Grison, THE DAM metaphorically evokes the destruction caused by the dam’s creation, while also situating the lives of Maher and his fellow workers against the political backdrop of former Sudan leader Omar al-Bashir’s 2019 military deposition. Cherri merges ancient and contemporary worlds in this meditative film about displacement, illusion, and mythmaking.' [NYFF60 cataloguetext]
Festivals/Awards
2022
Cannes' Directors' Fortnight
56 KVIFF - Karlovy Vary IFF
NYFF60 – New York Film Festival
Cast and Crew
  • Director Ali Cherri
  • Protagonist Maher El Khair
Original Languages

Arabic

Co-Production Company
Twenty Twenty Vision Filmprod. GmbH
Germany
www.twentytwentyvision.eu
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