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Adam & Howa

In a small town, in the outskirts of Khartoum, Sudan a rickshaw driver struggles to overcome his past until he meets a mysterious stranger.

  • Sarra Idris
  • Sarra Idris
  • Michelle Stockwell
  • NasrEldin Mohammed
    Key Cast
  • Nahla Alamin
    Key Cast
  • Magid Faisal Khogaly
    Key Cast
  • Reem Mohammed
    Key Cast
  • Hashim NasrEldinElsayed
    Key Cast
  • Hamad Elneel
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    January 23, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    Arabic, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital (Canon 7D and 5D)
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Diversity in Cannes Short Film Showcase at Cannes 68th Fim Fesitval
    Cannes, France
    May 16, 2015
    European Premiere
  • Sudan Independent Film Festival
    Khartoum, Sudan
    January 26, 2015
    World Premiere
Director Biography - Sarra Idris

Sarra Hussein Idris is a Sudanese director, editor and visual artist based in New York.

Adam & Howa is Sarra's first narrative short film that she wrote, directed and edited. The film was funded through Kickstarter in 2014 and shot in Khartoum, Sudan with a Sudanese cast and crew.

As a visual artist, her work explores issues of identity, transcendence and intimacy.
She holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA from Wellesley College. Her video art piece "Land of the Blacks" was recently part of an exhibit titled Global Positioning System (So You Say You Want a Revolution) at the West Side Gallery in Manhattan.

As an editor Sarra has worked with a variety of clients that include Twitter, Saturday Night Live, BBC America, and ATT to name a few.

Sarra maintains a strong connection with emerging visual and music artists in Sudan and the diaspora.
She taught Final Cut Pro workshops in Atbara and Khartoum as part of a 'Cultural Healing' program with Concordis International in 2012 and was an Artist in Residence at the Rashid Diab Arts Centre in Khartoum in 2010, where she taught a digital photography workshop and curated a photography exhibit.

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Director Statement

Adam & Howa is truly a labor of love. We were funded by Kickstarter and determined to use a Sudanese cast and crew, even if it meant casting family members and dodging secret police (at times unsuccessfully). It is small in scope but I believe it is part of a new movement of Sudanese film making that I hope picks up momentum.

Sudan has come to symbolize crisis.
However, there are many stories to be told and points of view to be discovered. I wanted to offer a different portrayal of Sudan to the cultural discourse. Being Sudanese means vastly different things to different people. We all need to make peace within ourselves of the complexity of who we are, I believe seeing the spectrum of our reflections will help.