KINOTEKA Screening: Abu Haraz + Q&A
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Maciej Drygas.
Abu Haraz can no longer be found on the map. The changing of seasons and flow of the river used to mark the rhythm of life in this village, but the construction of a dam on the Nile changed that for good. The small North Sudanese village now wallows under 35 meters of water in the middle of an artificial lake, 180 kilometres long.
For seven years, filmmaker Maciej Drygas observed and documented daily life in Abu Haraz as its citizens protested against the construction of the dam and eventually got ready to be relocated to a place unknown to them.
Their new village is a settlement raised in the middle of the desert. Drygas‘s observational film offers a sensitive and intimate testimony of a local reality, which also addresses bigger questions about the place of traditions in a modernising globalised world.
Directed by Maciej Drygas
This screening is part of the 12th Polish Film Festival KINOTEKA