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sidet: forced exile

SIDET: Forced Exile is a 60-minute documentary film profiling the personal odyssey of three Ethiopian women refugees in the Sudan. By constructing "SIDET" as individual portraits, with the women narrating their own stories, it captures the complexity of the experience of exile, especially in a Third World context. Without romanticizing them or their circumstances, "SIDET" reveals the critical role of women in exile, revealing the resilience, courage, and determination characteristic of women survivors.

SIDET: Forced Exile, was shot in May-June, 1990, on location in the city of Khartoum, in the Tawawa and Um Gulja camps and the town of Gedaref, in South Eastern Sudan. Completed in April, 1991, it was produced in association with and broadcast by Channel Four Television, UK and WDR-Koln in Germany. It was funded by the U. N. Development Program for Women (UNIFEM), the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and was produced in association with and broadcast by Channel Four in England and WDR-Koln in Germany.

AWARDS: It is the winner of the Silver Apple in the category of "International Social Issues", 1993 National Educational Film and Video Festival; Honorable Mention, 17th Annual Atlanta Film and Video Festival; First Place, 1992 National Black Programming Consortium's Prized Pieces; Outstanding Independent Film, New England Film & Video Festival of 1992; and the 1991 Juror's Citation, Black Maria Film and Video Festival.

CREDITS

SIDET: Forced Exile, was shot in May-June, 1990, on location in the city of Khartoum, in the Tawawa and Um Gulja camps and the town of Gedaref, in South Eastern Sudan.

Writer/Producer/Director - Salem Mekuria
Camera - Ned Johnston
Sound - Francis X Coakley
Editor - Iftach Shavit

Distributed by Women Make Movies - www.wmm.com

Additional credits available upon request.

IMAGES FROM RUPTURES


Still from SIDET

 

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