The Longest Kiss
(À jamais, pour toujours)
Preceded by: CHOLO (Muzna Almusafer, Oman, 2014). Two stepbrothers, one fair skinned and the other dark, meet for the first time. (21 mins, Color, Blu-ray)
“How can the land be lost when the future belongs to the Nile?” asks a protagonist in this poetic documentary on the present and future of Sudan, filmed during its split into Sudan and South Sudan. Profiling radio hosts, jilted lovers, former street kids, Sudanese Canadian returnees, Muslims and Christians, Arabs and Africans, and more, The Longest Kiss takes us up and down the Nile to capture the mood of a people and a region. Drawing upon the rich traditions of Arabic poetry and the eloquence of its own subjects, it moves beyond mere reporting to become a window into the new Sudan.