Gadalla Gubara

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Gadalla Gubara (1921-2008) was a Sudanese filmmaker. Over five decades, he produced more than 100 documentaries and four feature films.[1] He is considered the first African filmmaker and has been a pioneer of African cinema.[citation needed] His daughter, Sarah Gubara, is considered Sudan's first female film director.[2]


In the 1960s he produced a movie Amal wa Ahlam (Hopes and Dreams). In the 1970s he set up Sudan's first private film studio, Studio Jad, in Khartoum.[1]

His 1984 feature film Tajooj was a love story, featuring the actor Salah ibn Albadya.[3]

Gadalla Gubara was still working at the age of eighty-eight - one of the pioneers of cinema in Africa. He lost his sight at the age of 80 years but still continued to film life in Sudan as no one before him. In 2006 he received the 2006 Award for Excellence for his career at the Africa Movie Academy Awards.[4]


  • Amal wa Ahlam [Hopes and Dreams]
  • Tajooj, 1984


  1. ^ a b Life in film: preserving the legacy of Sudanese film-maker Jadallah Jubara, The Guardian, 26 July 2016.
  2. ^ "The Home Song Stories". Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  3. ^ Khalid Albaih, A Sudanese Village Arts Festival Looks Back to the Future, Global Voices, 27 February 2018.
  4. ^ Frederique Cifuentes, dir., Cinema in Sudan: Conversations with Gadalla Gubara.

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