The Love Marriage

Fatima Wardy  |  Documentary Film  |  2023  |  Sudan
In The Love Marriage, Osman returns to his home in Downtown Khartoum in 1989 after years away in medical school. He falls for his next-door neighbor Hala, and, within six months, they are married. Their union is a quiet rebellion: they are the first in each of their families to marry outside of their tribe, the first in their generation to have a “love” rather than arranged marriage. But as they step into marriage, the country begins to crumble around them. They return from their honeymoon to the aftermath of Omar Bashir’s military coup and the beginnings of a dictatorship that will last for the next 30 years. Using personal family photographs, news footage and other material from Sudan’s national archive, this feature documentary is an attempt by the filmmaker to tell the story of her parents' courtship.