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The Dam

The Dam

A Feature film by Ali Cherri

Produced by KinoElektron

Production year : 2022


    North Sudan, Merowe Dam. Abu Salma, a seasonal worker from Darfur, works in a traditional brickyard on the Nile, downstream of the dam. Just like his exiled companions, he spends his days in the mud, far from his loved ones and in exhausting labour. Each night, he secretly works on the erection of a structure, a tall shape made out of mud, wood, and plastic. As the mud builds over the solid skeleton of the structure, it begins to take on an almost organic-looking form. One day, as he returns from Jebel Barkal, the mystical mountain, his creation has mysteriously disappeared. Soon strange occurrences begin to take place, and Abu Salma starts to get the uneasy feeling that someone or something is watching him.


    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :


    Foreign production companies :

    Twenty Twenty Vision, Trilema, DGL Travel HQ

    French distribution :

    Dulac Distribution

    Co-production :

    Galerie Imane Farès

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Indie Sales

    Photos (3)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Janja Kralj

    Associate Producer :

    Rémi Bonhomme

    Screenwriters :

    Ali Cherri, Geoffroy Grison, Bertrand Bonello

    Editors :

    Isabelle Manquillet, Nelly Quettier

    Sound Mixer :

    Simon Apostolou

    Assistant Director :

    Toufic Khreich

    Sound recordists :

    Thomas Van Pottelberge, Jakov Munidaba

    Director of Photography :

    Bassem Fayyad

    Music Composer :


    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    France (79.0%), Serbia (21.0%)

    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Serbia)

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    French release :

    Runtime :

    1 h 24 min

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