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Heroic Bodies highlights the development of the Sudanese women’s movement within the framework of body politics.

Researcher and activist Sara Suliman’s directorial debut investigates how the human body became a common refractor for both repression and resistance to the state, patriarchy and colonial oppression, during the eras of British colonialism and post-independence.

Featuring interviews with leading activists, artists and academics, plus rare archive footage, this documentary uncovers the creative practices that contributed to the process of Sudanese women’s emancipation, transforming violated bodies into “Heroic Bodies”.

Heroic Bodies will be preceded by the short film, Neo Nahda, and will be followed by a Q&A with director Sara Suliman.

Neo Nahda

Mona, a young woman in London, finds archived photographs of Arab women cross-dressing in the 1920s. Somewhere between her fantasies and reality, she starts a feverish journey of uncovering lost histories and her own identity.

About Sara Suliman

Sara Suliman is a UK-based Sudanese Filmmaker; a Chevening scholar, researcher, activist, Producer, and Director; and founder of “Fenti (Dates in Nubian Dialect) Productions” an Independent Film Production House.

Sara is a dedicated feminist and youth advocate, believing that Women and Sudanese Youth have a story yearning to be told and yet to be heard.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ahfad University for Women in Sudan (2010) and in 2017, was awarded MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London, and is currently registered for an MA in Documentary Filmmaking at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).

96 minutes


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