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)