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The Dam

12 May 2023 - 18 May 2023

The Dam is the debut feature of visual artist Ali Cherri, who was the Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in 2021/22. The result is a spellbinding trek into the desert that combines socio-political commentary and compelling magical realism.

Sudan, near the Merowe Dam. Maher works in a traditional brickyard fed by the waters of the Nile. Every evening, he secretly wanders off into the desert to build a mysterious construction made of mud.

While the Sudanese people rise to claim their freedom, his creation slowly starts to take a life of its own.

The Dam was co-written by Cherri with Geoffroy Grison in collaboration with Bertrand Bonello (Zombi Child, Nocturama).

Duration: 1hr 24mins Language: Arabic with English subtitles


£7.10 to £9.70 (£4.50 for under 26s)