Film Screening: “Goodbye Julia”
Mohamed Kordofani, filmmaker
November 29, 2023 · 6:30 pm—9:00 pm · 101 Friend Center
Near Eastern Studies Program; Department of Near Eastern Studies; Program in Journalism
Goodbye Julia is a 2023 Sudanese drama and the first feature film directed by Mohamed Kordofani. It is the first film from Sudan ever to be presented in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival, when it went on to win that section’s Prix de Liberté (Freedom Prize).
Wracked by guilt after covering up a murder, Mona a northern Sudanese retired singer in a tense marriage tries to make amends by taking in the deceased’s southern Sudanese widow, Julia, and her son, Daniel, into her home. Unable to confess her transgressions to Julia, Mona decides to leave the past behind and adjust to a new status quo, unaware that the country’s turmoil may find its way into her home and put her face to face with her sins.