Category Archives: Tayeb Salih

LA duo come to Sudan to fulfill their dream


Tayeb Salih’s short stories have received universal acceptance. I saw a Philippine production of ‘Handful of Dates’ in Youtube. This was produced by students. The fact that they selected Tayeb Salih’s short story speaks volumes of its critical acclaim. So why should two Sudanese American young film graduates stay behind. Hashim Hassan the Director and Mamdooh Salih the Producer both residents of Los Angeles are here in Sudan, touching base with their roots. They have accepted this challenge of making a short film on Tayeb Salih’s story Hifnat Tamr –Handful of Dates. The British Council in association with Elguneid Cultural Center, along with Sudan Film Factory hosted an event Hifnat Tamr & Cultural Exchange. I met these two film aspirants at the event where they introduced us to the cast and the costumes. Now what they need is funding and I wish that a sponsor like DAL Food come forward to support this project. Hashim and Mamdooh believe that together they can take an active role in creative exchange and cultural relations to revive and motivate local Sudanese Cinema. The sponsors must believe in them.