aKasha

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    aKasha

    Directed by

    South Africa, Sudan

    2018

    78 min

    • Arabic

    Drama

    The kasha is the event where the military rounds up any soldiers who have not returned after their leave. It is an intense moment where everybody's deeply unsettled and a bit scared – the outside world of revolution has entered a world where things are "normal", lighter. Adnan is a revolutionary war hero whose love for his AK47 and fighting are only rivaled by his feelings for Lina, his long-suffering sweetheart. When Adnan is late to return to his military unit after his leave, the army commander, Blues, launches a kasha: the rounding up and arresting of truant soldiers. Adnan, distracted by Lina, is caught-off-guard and makes a run for it. He joins up with Absi, a lover-not-a-fighter who is dodging the kasha. Together the two unlikely friends plot ways to reunite Adnan with his gun – and Lina – while avoiding their fellow soldiers. Through a series of wry incidents over 24 hours, we explore life and ideology in rebel-held areas of Sudan.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Kamal Ramadan
    Ganja Chakado
    Ekram Marcus
    Screenplay
    Hajooj Kuka
    Cinematography
    Giovanni P. Autran
    Hajooj Kuka
    Editing
    Hajooj Kuka
    Music
    Nancy Mounir
    Production
    BIG WORLD CINEMA
    Production
    REFUGEE CLUB
    Production
    KOMPLIZEN FILM

    Press

    The film blends wry observational moments with cleverly written comedy, creating a rarely seen take on conflict and love.

    Toronto IFF

    Hajooj Kuka

    Hajooj Kuka

    Sudan

    hajooj kuka was born in Sudan and studied in both Lebanon and the United States. He directed the documentary feature BEATS OF THE ANTONOV (2014). AKASHA (2018) is his narrative feature debut which premiered at Venice International Film Critics' Week.

    Selected Filmography