Instead of seasonal creativity, the flames of fierce war are currently covering Sudanese space, while dramatists and creative people are stranded among displaced people inside and outside the country, and they are suffering from the hardship of living like other Sudanese.

Until now, only one Ramadan series has been promoted in Sudan, and it may be broadcast on digital platforms in the absence of television channels, most of which have stopped working due to the war.

According to those interested, this is a major decline in Sudanese cinema and drama, which has witnessed an unprecedented revival during the past three years. Last Ramadan, more than 9 series were produced and broadcast, which received wide public interaction.

In addition to the enjoyment of watching, Ramadan drama represents a fertile season for Sudanese dramatists to earn sums of money sufficient for their needs for the remainder of the year, which exacerbates the plight of the war on the creators.

Inevitable failure

Sudanese artist Omnia Fathi believes that the Ramadan drama season faces inevitable failure in the country, and the reason is due to the lack of media platforms that receive and broadcast dramas as it was in the past. It does not make sense to produce works without providing viewing and viewing platforms.

In her interview with Sky News Arabia, Fathi points out that the production and sponsorship companies on which the Ramadan drama is based are almost non-existent, and even the viewer himself is not prepared to receive and follow these works, as the greatest concern has become the current situation in the country, what will happen tomorrow and the attempt to reconcile the situation. Especially since most of the families in the safe areas opened their homes to shelter the displaced.

Umniah condemns the unfortunate situation of dramatists, like all Sudanese citizens who have forcibly abandoned their homes in search of a safe haven, whether inside or outside the country, but at the same time she warns that “the artist is by nature capable of creating life in any place and using the simplest resources to create pleasure.”

She says: "Ramadan drama may be hidden, but creativity will remain as long as the artist remains. The dramatist is able to overcome difficulties and open new doors anywhere. The evidence is that dramatists are currently employing drama in the field of psychological support, spreading hope, and creating friendly and safe spaces for war survivors."

Cinema in Sudan witnessed great openness following the fall of the regime of former President Omar al-Bashir, after the end of the era of security censorship of various types of arts. Dozens of films and series were produced, some of which won international awards, such as the feature film “You Will Die at Twenty” and “Goodbye, Julia.” ", and others.

But the raging war between the army and the Rapid Support Forces since mid-April has cast its shadow on the artistic scene in Sudan, as most actors and creatives live in shelter camps in safe states under poor humanitarian conditions, making creativity difficult.

Sudanese actor Awad Shakespeare says, "The dramatists are displaced between a displaced person and a refugee. They suffer from hardship as a result of the lack of job opportunities. They have one specific profession that needs peace and stability."

Shakespeare added in his interview with Sky News Arabia: “Of course, the dramatists are stranded between a displaced person in his homeland and a refugee abroad, but they still have ideas and stories in their imaginations that were formed for them from the reality of war and the displacement it entails, and they are waiting for peace to arrive to translate them into creative works.” .

The Sudanese dramatists’ dream and hope of returning to their homes did not cease by stopping the war and resuming their work and documenting everything that happened, according to Shakespeare.

He continued: "The month of Ramadan is considered a season for dramatists with all their specialties, including series, Ramadan nights, and evening parties, but unfortunately this time comes while our country is suffering from the scourge of war, so this month will pass without the drama that the Sudanese are accustomed to and that expresses them."

Widespread destruction

The war caused the destruction of theaters and cinemas in Khartoum, while many television and radio stations that were interested in broadcasting drama and various Ramadan activities were closed.

Theater writer and director Rabie Youssef Al-Hassan believes that “despite the circumstances that dramatists, like other Sudanese, went through, it was proven that their desire and ability to produce, especially at the theatrical level, did not decrease during the war period, but rather increased, as they produced joint works, especially in shelters for displaced people in the states.”

But Al-Hassan, who spoke to Sky News Arabia, expected a decline in dramatic production related to television channels as a result of the military priorities of the media agencies, as most of them are official agencies that will not be interested in dramatic production at this time.

On the other hand, Al-Hassan expects a dramatic presence on platforms, especially YouTube, through relatively short or long works, as experience in the past few years has proven the ability and success of dramatists in production and broadcasting over the Internet.

He concludes his speech by saying that “production and broadcasting via digital platforms will cast a negative shadow on the economic, professional and social levels on dramatists, for whom Ramadan was an opportunity to earn significant sums of money, and civil society organizations should work to employ drama to address many issues, and this would provide An alternative source of income for some creators.”