Al-Sit, a beautiful Oscar contender that touches on arranged marriage and women’s empowerment

Nafisa (Mihad Murtada), a 15 year old girl in a Sudanese cotton-farming village is facing an arranged marriage. However, her grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa’s future. Can Nafisa choose her own future?

Suzannah Mirghani is a mixed-race (Sudanese and Russian) Writer, Director and Producer who is interested in exploring stories about the complexity of identity. 

Suzannah Mirghani is a mixed-race (Sudanese and Russian) Writer, Director and Producer who is interested in exploring stories about the complexity of identity. 

Al-Sit, touches on arranged marriage and women’s empowerment. The film attempts to break free from traditions that were once thought to be forever. This profound film received its international premiere at Clermont-Ferrand, establishing Mirghani as an important female voice in cinema. 

This beautiful film is beautifully shot by Khaled Award and expertly directed by Mirghani. This wonderful new director is a name to watch out for as her stories are thought provoking and brilliant, this is a film we are likely to be popular on the Oscar ballot!

This female-led drama has been selected for over 100 film festivals, including 29 Oscar qualifiers. With most of the cast including the main actor Nafisa being first time actors this film is astonishing. This film successfully showcases the reality that some women live, whilst also showing us that there is a glimmer of hope and that the world is changing. 

With most of the cast including the main actor Nafisa being first time actors this film is astonishing.

Judy Ibelhauptaite, Film Reporter Just Celebrity Magazine

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