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21 & 22 March 2015 – Human Rights Watch Film Festival UK premiere of ‘Beats of the Antonov’

By February 25, 2015Media

We’re delighted to be able to support the Human Rights Watch Film Festival’s UK premiere of ‘Beats of the Antonov’ (2014) + Q&A with filmmaker at two screenings in London. The first is on Saturday 21 March at 18:45 at the Ritzy (Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG). The second is on Sunday 22 March at 18:30 at the Barbican (Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS).

With ‘Beats of the Antonov’, director Hajooj Kuka provides an inspiring account of how cultural heritage and creative traditions can defy the indignity of displacement. The separation of Sudan into two sovereign states has not prevented the longest civil war on the African continent from continuing to rage. For the past two years, the Sudanese farmers, herders, and rebels of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions have had to assemble in mountain hideouts and refugee camps to shelter themselves from air raids waged by the Sudanese government, which bombs civilians indiscriminately using Russian-made Antonov cargo planes. After a raid, it is not unusual to hear the sound of music signalling that a strike is over. ‘Beats of the Antonov’ focuses on the everyday survival of people who have lost family, homes, and livelihoods in the ongoing conflict, but instead of devastation and defeat, we discover communities emboldened to celebrate their heritage.

The film is 68 minutes long and in Arabic with English subtitles.

If you’d like to book visit And help spread the word by sharing the event with friends and family. You can tweet directly at the director at @hajooj and send some love to the Human Rights Watch Film Festival team by tweeting #HRWFF.


Author WagingPeace

Waging Peace undertakes a range of activities in support of its mission to support Sudanese asylum-seekers, refugees, and the wider community to build meaningful lives in the UK.

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