When Umar al-Bashir and his Islamist “Revolutionary Command Council for National Salvation” (RCC) seized power in 1989, all cinemas in Sudan had to close. He reigned as an authoritarian president for 30 years until he was overthrown in April 2019 following protests. Talking about Trees premiered just two months earlier. The film shows four older men, veterans of Sudanese cinema and members of the Sudanese Film Club (founded in 1989), in their tireless attempt to build an open-air cinema. With a great deal of wit and laconic humour, they restore films and renovate walls, sit together and fight against the reluctant administration.