Cinema in Sudan: The Dislocation of Amber & Tigers Are Better Looking by Hussein Shariffe


Wednesday, 12th April 2017, 18:30 - 20:30


Screening of two films:

The Dislocation of Amber

Director: Hussein Shariffe
Year: 1975
Runtime: 32 minutes
Language: Arabic / English subtitles

The “Dislocation of Amber” was filmed in the city of Suakin, a formerly flourishing port in Sudan. All those who have previously written on Suakin admitted to the complexity of the town as a subject. So intriguing is Suakin that not even the origin of its name is agreed upon. Its history is one of famine & opulence, devastation and progress, rich trade and damage, involving colonialism. What makes Suakin so abidingly memorable is its resilience, built through war and conquests; the historical town is a product of determination and competitiveness.


Tigers Are Better Looking

Year: 1979
Runtime: 20 minutes Language: English

About the Film: Tigers are Better Looking is an adaptation of a short story by Jean Rhys. In the lm, Shariffe directs his view towards exile in Europe, showing the wide disparity between North and South. The lm contrasts two different civilisations, the homeland, Sudan, and the country of exile, Great Britain. Through poetic abstractions the director manages to portray the strong sense of exile and the longing for the homeland.


Screening will be followed by Q&A with the daughters of Hussain Shariffe  








Funded by: AFAC – Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and the Arab British Centre