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South by South: Goodbye Julia
Wed 10 Jul 2024, 6-9pm

A person stands looking out to the sun

Image courtesy MAD Solutions


Goodbye Julia, 2023, highlights the emotional costs of maintaining the veneer of “peace” or normality. The film opens with the death of First Vice President Dr John Garang de Mabior, who led the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army, and the rage that erupts in the streets of Khartoum, Sudan. Mona and Julia, two women from radically different social positions, are thrown into proximity within this political climate. Both characters resort to differing modes of deceit to evade the fate of their social positions.   

Goodbye Julia world premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard, where it was the first Sudanese director and film to participate in the history of the festival. It went on to win the festival’s Freedom Prize and was later Sudan’s official submission to the Academy Awards for Best International Feature Film.

Visitors are invited to take part in a discussion about the film following the screening, facilitated by Black Cinema Project. All responses, emotional and critical, are welcome.

The film is in Arabic, with English subtitles.

This event is part of a wider fundraiser for the humanitarian crisis in Sudan. If you can, please support the work of non-profit organisation Hadhreen.

Content warning

Film contains graphic violence, racial violence, distressing scenes.


Black Cinema Project (BCP) is an evolving space bringing people together with care, to discuss Black films and the landscape they are situated within. Black Cinema Project interrogates and disrupts the current flow of watching, film exhibition and distribution.


South by South is a quarterly film screening at the South London Gallery. This programme focuses on presenting cinema from Africa and the diaspora to audiences in the UK. This South by South event is programmed by Black Cinema Project.


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  • Room will be dark 
  • The film is 2 hours long.
  • Wheelchair access and accessible toilets are available at this site.
  • Please contact with any additional access requirements or questions.