Suhaib Gasmelbari

  • Suhaib Gasmelbari
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Film director, Journalist, Screenwriter
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv

Sudanese Filmmaker and journalist.

Sometimes credited as

Suhaib Gasmelbari was born in 1979 in Sudan. He studied Cinema in France at the University of Paris VIII. He has written and directed several short films, both fiction and documentary. TALKING ABOUT TREES (2019) is his first feature film. He is also a researcher with a special focus on audio-visual archives.

Suhaib Gesmalbari Mustafa is a filmmaker and journalist. Born in Sudan in 1979, he lived there until the age of 16. He studied cinema (at the Université Paris 8) in France where he learnt French and pursued an education in cinema history, criticism and directing. In parallel, he worked as a freelance cameraman and editor for Al Jazeera, France 24 and since 2011 for a new TV channel, focused on African news, Al Qarra. As a journalist and cameraman he gained expertise in areas of graphic design, special effects, and broadcasting. Nevertheless, his main focus remains the true Cinema.
He has written and directed many short fiction films and documentaries. Talking About Trees [2019] is his first feature-length documentary, about his beloved country Sudan and about its passion for cinema. During his research into Sudanese audio-visual archives he found some films believed to have been lost and actively participated in national and international projects to save and digitise them.

Filmography (selection)
2019 - Talking About Trees; feature doc
2012 - Oda Nagam (Ode To My Feet); short film

* Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019 /



Geboren 1979 im Sudan, wo er bis zum Alter von 16 Jahren lebte. Er studierte Film an der Universität Paris 8 und arbeitete als freiberuflicher Kameramann und Editor für Al Qarra, Al Jazeera und France 24. Als Regisseur und Drehbuchautor realisierte er mehrere fiktionale und dokumentarische Kurzfilme. Talking About Trees ist sein Langfilmdebüt. Während seiner Forschungstätigkeit in sudanesischen Audio-Video-Archiven fand er verloren geglaubte Filme wieder und engagiert sich in nationalen und internationalen Projekten für deren Bewahrung und Digitalisierung.

Filmografie (Auswahl)
2019 - Talking About Trees; Langfilmdebüt
2012 - Oda Nagam (Ode To My Feet); Kurzfilm
Stand Bio- & Filmografie: Berlinale 2019



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  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
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