The Martyrs of Khartoum

The Martyrs of Khartoum is the story of three doctors, Sara Ali, Sarah Khalifa and Rania Ahmed, and the roles they played during the Khartoum Massacre in Sudan on 3rd June, 2019. All three doctors risked their own lives by responding to the young protesters who were attacked by security forces in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, that day. These security forces included the notorious Janjaweed militia, infamous for their killings in Darfur, western Sudan. The young people who were killed in Khartoum on 3rd June were referred to as “martyrs” by their fellow protesters. In this short film, Sara, Sarah and Rania describe the dramatic events of that day, the unbreakable spirit of the young protesters and their hopes for the future of Sudan.

  • Simon Murtagh and Mark Murphy
    Director
  • Simon Murtagh and Mark Murphy
    Producer
  • Simon Murtagh
    Writer
  • Mark Murphy
    Cinematographer
  • Mark Murphy
    Sound Designer
  • Mark Murphy
    Editor
  • Mark Murphy
    Composer
  • Simon Murtagh
    Scriptwriter
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Documentary, Political, International, Foreign Affairs, Africa, Sudan
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes 41 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 5, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    Ireland
  • Country of Filming:
    Ireland
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • AWARD WINNER: Fastnet Film Festival, Ireland
    Schull, Co. Cork
    Ireland
    May 28, 2022
    An-Sophie Fontaine Human Rights in Documentary Film Award
  • AWARD WINNER: The Impact DOCS, USA
    La Jolla
    United States
    Award of Merit Special Mention: Documentary Short
  • AWARD WINNER: World Film Carnival, Singapore
    Singapore
    Singapore
    September 27, 2021
    Award Winner
  • AWARD WINNER: Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, India
    Calcutta
    India
    September 28, 2021
    Award Winner
  • OFFICIAL SELECTION: Short Film Breaks, Romania

    Romania
    Best Human Rights Film
  • Irish Global Health Network
    Dublin
    Ireland
    May 29, 2020
    Preview Screening
  • UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sudan
    London
    United Kingdom
    July 8, 2021
    Showing to UK Parliamentarians
Director - Simon Murtagh and Mark Murphy