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Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugees

In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka began shooting a documentary about displaced people living amid ongoing civil war in Sudan’s Blue Nile state and the Nuba Mountains region of South Kordofan. What he found amazed him: music was helping to save civilians from bombing raids by their own government. The film’s title, Beats of the Antonov, refers to two kinds of beats. The first is the beat of life: music the refugees make in their camps. The second is the “beat” of death: the sound...

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