11/29/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/29/2023 23:06
Left to right: UNA-NYC Executive Director Ann Nicol, film director Mohamed Kordofani, journalist and anchor Ann Curry, an audience member, and actor Ger Duany.
Goodbye Julia tells the story of two women who represent the complicated relationship and differences between northern and southern Sudanese communities. It takes place in Khartoum during the last years of Sudan as a united country, shortly before the 2011 separation of South Sudan.
Mona, an upper-middle-class retired popular singer from the North, who lives with her husband Akram in a tense marriage, seeks to attenuate her feelings of guilt for causing the death of a Southern man by employing Julia, his unsuspecting widow, as her maid.
Unable to confess her transgressions to Julia, Mona decides to leave the past behind and adjust to a new status quo, unaware that the country's turmoil may find its way into her home and put her face to face with her sins.
In an interview, Kordofani remarked that "the racism that was practiced for many decades from most Northern Arabs, government and people, was a major reason for the southerners choosing to secede. I consider Goodbye Julia a call for reconciliation and a spotlight on the social dynamics that led to the separation of the South."