Suddenly TV

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In April 2019, after the fall of President Omar al-Bashir, Sudanese from across the country congregate in Khartoum to demand civilian rule. Demonstrators occupy the military headquarters. As the weeks pass, the besieged protest grows into a utopian settlement with library tents, communal kitchens, concerts, and health clinics. In this liminal space, a group of young revolutionaries create an imaginary television station—a playful act that grows into an urgent conjuring of a new Sudan. 

Suddenly TV is a participant of Project: Hatched 2023.



A black and white portrait of Roopa Gogineni looking at the camera.Roopa Gogineni (she/her) is a filmmaker and photographer based in Paris. For a decade she lived in East Africa where she developed a practice rooted in co-creation. Her films have premiered at festivals including IDFA, Hot Docs, and Sheffield DocFest. I am Bisha (2018), her documentary chronicling a satirical puppet show in rebel-held Sudan, received the Oscar-qualifying Full Frame Award for Best Short and a Rory Peck Award. Suddenly TV (2022), her latest short film about magical thinking and revolution, earned the SXSW Special Jury Award and the IndieLisboa Short Film Grand Prize.