The Dam CTBA

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This film was last shown on 18 May 2023

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…

The Dam is the debut feature of visual artist Ali Cherri, who was the Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in 2021/22. The film was co-written by Cherri with Geoffroy Grison in collaboration with Bertrand Bonello (Zombi Child, Nocturama). The result is a spellbinding trek into the desert that combines Cherri’s artistic sensibilities with socio-political commentary and compelling magical realism.


Ali Cherri
1 hour 24 minutes
Arabic with English Subtitles
Maher El Khair


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