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Festival gives Sudanese film lovers drive-in cinema

Festival gives Sudanese film lovers drive-in cinema

SUDANESE moviegoers are enjoying what organisers are saying is their first drive-in cinema after a festival showcasing the country's resurgent, post-uprising film scene moved outdoors this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. About 100 vehicles gathered in a Khartoum parking lot across from giant screens showing Sudanese and European films on Friday, the start of a week-long festival organized by the British Council. "We're watching films from our cars, and that's something that has never happened before in Sudan," said Asmaa, among festival attendees sitting inside, next to, and on top of their cars for the nighttime screenings. Once heavily…
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Ethiopia region arrests 503 on feared violence at weekend festival

Ethiopia region arrests 503 on feared violence at weekend festival

DAWIT ENDESHAW POLICE in Ethiopia's Oromiya region have arrested 503 people on accusations they planned to cause violence during an annual thanksgiving festival this weekend and seized guns and hand grenades, the state-run news agency reported. State-affiliated Fana Broadcasting also reported on Friday that police and intelligence services had foiled what they said were plans to incite violence in Addis Ababa and other parts of Ethiopia ahead of the Irreecha festival of the Oromo, the country's largest ethnic group. The latest arrests happened a week after Ethiopia's attorney general said about 2,000 people had been charged over deadly violence after…
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