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“I wish I could film my people’s stories”

Ahmed Saeed
Sudanese film maker and activist Mohammed Elfadil lives in Boston, the United States, where he creates documentaries from footage he shot in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile.
6.12.2016  |  Nairobi, Kenya
The free trade agreement allowed Sudanese to enter Egypt without visas. (photo: Correspondents.org | Myriam Abdelaziz)
The free trade agreement allowed Sudanese to enter Egypt without visas. (photo: Correspondents.org | Myriam Abdelaziz)

“Despite my unrelenting love for Sudan, I had to leave. I have been arrested more than once and had my material deleted more often than I can remember. I feared what could happen next. I started out on my own in Sudan, doing other jobs to support my filmmaking career.

I walked long distances on foot and travelled extensively by bus and plane into Darfur, Gadarif and South Kordofan looking for stories. I have travelled to communities in the farthest point of Blue Nile State in southern Sudan and the northern-most point in Halfa, as well as to the east, the west and the centre.

I long for the vast plains and valleys of Sudan’s countryside and the day when I can return – entering and leaving freely.

My identity is built on my recollections of the people I met, striking scenery I saw and the poignant stories of tragedy and joy I witnessed. I am grateful for my new home, but long for the vast plains and valleys of Sudan’s countryside and the day when I can return – entering and leaving freely. I wish I could film my people’s stories and I long to hold a camera at home.

I left Sudan when it stopped being safe for me to pursue my career. I could no longer provide for my family, including my parents and my little brother who study at the Khartoum University. I come from rural Gezira State where it is my traditional duty to support my extended family.

Walking around Boston, I relish the fact I can finally shoot films without being interrupted. My ambition is to do this back home: I want my people’s stories to be heard.”

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