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Issraa El-Kogali

Producer and Chairperson — Cinemafrica Sweden

Issraa Issraa El-Kogali Häggström is a producer with both film and theatre experience. She has a background in multimedia installations, film, photography and creative writing. The first Sudanese student at Sweden’s Royal Academy of Art in 2012, Issraa is also the director of the documentary short, IN SEARCH OF HIP HOP one of Sudan Film Factory’s first produced films. After a handful of short documentary films including the collaborative film project THE TWO SUDANS Issraa developed the Ibsen Scholarship winning performance piece NORA’S CLOTH. The artwork with film at its center, looks at Khartoum women in the professional sector’s relationship to traditional fabrics holding religious or cultural significance. Issraa is currently writing a play optioned by the National Theatre of Sweden, Riksteatern. Her most recent film project is the award winning short fiction film A HANDFUL OF DATES (2020) where she negotiated the rights to adaption from the Tayeb Salih novel of the same name, executive produced, and wrote the screenplay. Issraa continues to work with project management, film festivals, and writing out of her home in Stockholm, Sweden.

2021 (23rd) Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival