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Beats of the Antonov


Hajooj Kuka / Sudan and South Africa / 2014 / 68 minutes / Arabic with English subtitles / Documentary

“[A] true standout… unequivocally demonstrates the essential role music plays in maintaining a sense of identity, not to mention hope for the future.” – Variety.


Winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, this uplifting documentary paints an incredible portrait of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains peoples, who recently found themselves in an impossible situation: stuck on the border between the newly formed South Sudan and Sudan. For the past two years, the inhabitants of these regions have had to assemble in mountain hideouts and refugee camps to find shelter from air raids by the Sudanese government, which targets civilians indiscriminately using Russian-made Antonov cargo planes. Director Hajooj Kuka uncovers and celebrates their vibrant local musical culture and traditions, surviving by any means necessary in the face of prolonged civil war.


This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 18 years.

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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)



Winner: People’s Choice Award – TIFF 2014
Winner: Best Documentary Award, Durban International Film Festival 2015
Winner: Grand Nile Prize for Best Feature Documentary, Luxor African Film Festival 2014
Winner: The Best Documentary Award, Cordoba African Film Festival 2014

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