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Goodbye Julia - Expat Cinema

Sudanese Mona is partly responsible for a man's death. Out of guilt, she takes in this man's wife as a housekeeper. However, she tells nothing.
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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.

Goodbye Julia

Sudan's history is dominated by the conflicts between the Muslim north and Christian south, which led to the country's break-up in 2011. This debut film by Mohamed Kordofani, set just before this separation, convincingly shows what that meant in day-to-day life.

Once a singer, Mona, a woman from the well-to-do middle class of Sudan's capital Khartoum, stopped doing so for the sake of her deeply religious husband Akram. Behind the wheel, alone in the car, however, she still sings plenty. A carelessness while driving sets off a whole series of events that ends with Akram shooting a man. That man belonged to the heavily disadvantaged Christian minority in the north. Mona feels very guilty and tries to ease her conscience by taking in the man's wife Julia as a new housekeeper, along with her son. But otherwise Mona remains silent about what happened. How long will that last? Award-winning at Cannes.