Beats of the Antonov


2014 / 68 minutes

Directed by
Hajooj Kuka
Country of production

Sudan has been in an almost constant state of civil war since it achieved independence in 1956, and it split into a pair of sovereign states in 2011. On the border between the two, Russian-made Antonov planes indiscriminately drop bombs on settlements in the Nuba Mountains below. Yet, incredibly, the people of the Blue Nile respond to adversity with music, singing and dancing to celebrate their survival. This film explores how music binds a community together, offering hope and a common identity for refugees engaged in a fierce battle to protect their cultural traditions and heritage from those trying to obliterate them.

In the 2021 RAI Film Fest Global Racialisations