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.
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
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.
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
Writer/Producer/Director - Salem
Camera - Ned Johnston
Sound - Francis X Coakley
Editor - Iftach Shavit
Distributed by Women Make Movies - www.wmm.com
Additional credits available upon request.
Still from SIDET