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Revolution From Afar

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., April 7 at 9:00 pm
Sat., April 9 at 2:00 pm
Stream the film now on-demand NOW from THE WORLD Channel
Online Community Conversation, Mon., April 11 at 8:00 pm 
A production still image from the film Revolution from Afar

When the internet was shut down in Sudan following the June 3, 2019 massacre, many in the Sudanese diaspora felt a burden to carry the revolutionary spirit online, to inform, and to advocate on behalf of the country’s peaceful transition to a civilian government. Yet this responsibility was also matched by feelings of frustration, fear, and guilt as the prospect of retaliatory violence loomed over their friends and loved ones back in Sudan.

The film Revolution From Afar is centered around two gatherings, one in New York and the other in Denver, of Sudanese-American poets and musicians. The filmmakers arranged for video sessions in which participants could speak candidly about their own emotional responses to the events an ocean away and debate their belonging to their parents’ homeland.

Revolution from Afar is available to stream NOW on-demand the WORLD Channel, it was broadcast on Maine Public Television on April 7 and April 9. The program partners will host a community conversation on April 11 at 8:00 pm with the film’s director, Bentley Brown, artists Khadega Mohammed and Moon Nguany Machar, and moderator Hana Baba, who will engage with questions of identity, art, activism, and the work of individual and communal efficacy.

To join the discussion, sign up at MIFF.org/Revolution.  

Program partners behind bringing Revolution from Afar to Maine include Black Public Media, Indigo Arts Alliance, Maine Public, and the Maine Film Center.

Produced by Bently Brown of Aboudigin Films.