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Title:Beats of the Antonov
Editors:Kuka, Hajooj
Markovitz, Steven
City of publisher:Sudan
Publisher:Refugee Club/Big World Cinema
Geographic term:Sudan
civil wars
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
Abstract:Shoot in 2012-2013, this documentary shows how the Sudanese government's Antonov planes bombard the rebel army in the conflict regions, but hit civilians, too. Every day, people living in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions face the possibility of death and the destruction of their dwellings and possessions. Musical traditions gain a new and vital significance in this time of war. We watch as traditional musicians build and play the 'rababa', a stringed instrument, getting whole villages to join in the dancing and singing. We also see women singing together in the camps, girls making up songs together. A musicologist explains it as follows: 'The nature of the music allows everyone to write lyrics. Anyone is allowed to sing, anyone is allowed to drum. You can use a bucket. Not a problem.' We hear lyrics inspired by life during wartime. They keep the people alive, in body and in spirit. 'If a plane attacks while people are sleeping it will be devastating. So these youth stay up and play the 'rababa' and dance until the plane comes.' The film scrutinizes the national identity and assigns a defining role to the music, offering a new perspective on the conflict in Sudan. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]