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Rift Valley Institute

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Sudanese arts and literature: Taghreed el-Sanhouri and Isam Babiker

Taghreed el-Sanhouri’s documentary Our Beloved Sudan (2011) portrays Sudan from independence in 1956 to partition in 2011. Expanding on some of the themes of Taghreed's earlier All About Darfur (2005) the new film includes interviews with prominent northern and southern Sudanese and explores what partition means for one family of mixed heritage. Isam Babiker’s novel The Baobab’s Covenant with Rain (2011) is a subtly observed account of conflict between traditional and modern forces in the lives of two young northern riverain Sudanese.

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