Daniel Nelson

aKasha is surely a "first" - a romcom set during the Sudan civil war.

Well, why not? There are Hollywood musicals about gang warfare in New York and British comedies about serial murderers.  So why not a light comedy set in a village where rebel soldiers round up young men and enemy MiG fighters fly menacingly overhead?

The hero is Adnan, a ladies man who is enjoying an unjustified reputation as a war hero for shooting down a drone. 

He leaves his AK-47 in a hurried exit from a girlfriend's hut and sends a new unmilitary friend to get it back - along with his belt, without which he constantly has to hitch up his trousers. Escapades follow, with the two men dressing as women to escape on a stolen motorcycle chased by soldiers in a machine-gun truck. Whitehall farce meets Some Like It Hot in African scrub.

Stern critics will complain that apart from a two-sentence exchange the film makes light of a terrible situation in which tens of thousands perished and which destroyed swathes of the country. It de-politicises a large-scale, long-running disaster, they will say.

They’re right, but it’s also enjoyable to watch a bunch of ordinary people enjoying ordinary things, albeit sanitised and romanticised.

Apparently, many members of the cast are amateurs cast from the youth centre drama class taught by journalist-turned film director Hajooj Kuka.



Image by aKasha

Probably politically incorrect, but delightful.


+ aKasha is showing on 11 October at Rich Mix, 9pm, and 12 October, BFI Southbank, 1.15pm, as part of the London Film Festival , 10-21 October. Info: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/lff/Online/default.asp

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