Virtual Voice

Suzi is the (virtual) voice of her generation.

This is a satirical review of our times. Suzi doll is an ego-warrior. My online avatar, marching to the algorithms of social media. She is lit by temporary outrage. A trending indignation. A passion that is fashion. A politics of the popular. Her activism is abstract. Her help is hypothetical. We know many girls like Suzi, and many times we are her: vacuous virtual voices, echoing injustices.

  • Suzannah Mirghani
    Al-Sit, Hind's Dream
  • Suzannah Mirghani
    Al-Sit, Hind's Dream
  • Suzannah Mirghani
    Al-Sit, Hind's Dream
  • Suzannah Mirghani
    Key Cast
    "Suzi Doll"
  • Suzannah Mirghani
    Al-Sit, Hind's Dream
  • Rodney Sharkey
    Al-Sit, Hind's Dream
  • Severon Favriau
    Sound Design
  • Guilliaume Moutardier
    Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Satire, digital technology, social commentary, humanity vs technology
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 13, 2021
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  • Tribeca Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    June 17, 2021
    World Premiere
  • Ajyal Film Festival

    November 23, 2021
    Special Jury Mention
Director Biography - Suzannah Mirghani

Suzannah Mirghani is a writer, researcher, and independent filmmaker. She is a media studies and museum studies graduate. Mixed-race Sudanese and Russian, she is interested in stories about the complexity of identity. Suzannah is the writer, director, and producer of AL-SIT (2020, Sudan/Qatar), which won the Canal+ Award at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in 2021 as well as 6 Academy Award qualifying prizes at Tampere Film Festival; LA Shorts; BronzeLens; New Orleans Film Festival; AFI Fest; and Interfilm Berlin. Her latest short is the experimental documentary/social media satire VIRTUAL VOICE (2021), which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival. Suzannah is working on her first feature COTTON QUEEN, a magical realist tale set in the cotton fields of Sudan.

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Director Statement

In this digital satire, I ask a basic question: what has social distancing done to our humanity? Since the coronavirus pandemic, we have lived largely on screen—those with access, I mean. In an age of information, we are only too aware of deepening divisions between the over- and under-privileged. We know too much. We say too much. We say we care. We like, we repost, we share. But we protest through posturing. Through verbal irony, Suzi doll—my online avatar—exposes everyday contradictions in what we tell ourselves to pretend that everything is alright in a world that is falling apart. The film was made during a Doha Film Institute workshop, under the guidance of award-winning Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh. It was entirely shot on a mobile phone and through Zoom.