Magazine article New Internationalist

[Nuba Conversations]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Nuba Conversations]

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When British filmmaker Arthur Howes made the award-winning Kafi's Story about the Nuba people in the Kordofan mountain region of Sudan he promised to return to show villagers the completed film. Ten years of visa restrictions and the outbreak of a civil war conspired to delay his eventual, clandestine re-entry into Sudan.

Howes' new film Nuba Conversations is an eye-opening account of a little-known humanitarian disaster. Having tracked down some of the villagers, he finds them eking out existence as refugees, victims of the Government's ruthless policy of Islamicization. Their testimony forms the heart of a powerful and compassionate film that should succeed in drawing attention to the plight of a people under real threat of cultural extinction.

The first screening of Karl's Story takes place covertly in a barren housing complex in Khartoum where men live without women and where wrestling, the cultural life-blood of traditional Nuba society, has been banned. We hear stories of exile, reports of torture and the wholesale destruction of villages. …

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