(Frankrike, Tyskland, Chad, Qatar og Sudan)
Talking About Trees portrays four year-old filmmakers and their struggle to breathe life into the cinema in Sudan. At the same time, it begs an interesting question: How important is film and cinema to democracy?
Walter Benjamin embraced the cinema from the very beginning and thought it was the most democratic art form. In the essay The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (1935) he claimed that only the well-educated elite benefit from traditional art, however, people from all walks of life can enjoy watching Charlie Chaplin's films. But his thoughts were quickly forgotten, first because films were considered too populist to have democratic relevance; Theodor W. Adorno even mentioned the movie as a threat to democracy. And today, the good old celluloid film has become a format for the elite.
The four heroes of Talking About Trees fighting to revive the traditional cinema in Sudan, but this fight is well. . .
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