"An inherently crushing subject ... presented with such care and curiosity that, although
Madina’s Dream isn't depressing. The film is lovely, actually."
- The Austin Chronicle



madina's dream

a film by Andrew Berends


About the film


An unflinching and poetic glimpse into a forgotten war, Madina’s Dream tells the story of rebels and refugees fighting to survive in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains.

After decades of civil war, South Sudan achieved its independence from Sudan in 2011. But inside Sudan, the conflict continues. Sudan’s government employs aerial bombings and starvation warfare against the inhabitants of the Nuba Mountains. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled to refugee camps in South Sudan or remain trapped in the war zone. Eleven-year-old Madina and countless others dream of a brighter future for the Nuban people.


Director/Cinematographer/Producer - Andrew Berends

Editor - Ashley Jenkins

Field Translators - Ajrad Anur, Mahhamud Ibrahim

Composer - Stephen Barton

Associate Producers - Alessandra Bellizia, Alex Kruz

Development Producer - Mariah Wilson


Madina's Dream has received generous funding and support from Humanity United, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, New York State Council on the Arts, Cinema For Peace Foundation and private donors.






News & Updates

December 11, 2014 – The New York Times – Op-Docs
Toys of War

In a refugee camp in South Sudan, children make a dollhouse to tell their story of war.

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July 16, 2013 – Preventing Genocide Blog – USHMM
The Battle for Al-Hemer Text and Photos by Andrew Berends

After almost four months in rebel-controlled territory in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains, I finally prevailed on Major General Jagot Makuwar of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army – North (SPLM-N) to allow me to “attend” a battle.

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June 4, 2013 – Preventing Genocide Blog – USHMM
Kuti and the Antanov Text and Photos by Andrew Berends

When the Antanov comes, you’re supposed to hit the dirt or get in a foxhole.

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Madina's Dream is nearly complete. We have received generous support from Humanity United, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, New York State Council on the Arts, Cinema for Peace Foundation, private donors and personal savings.

However, we still need completion funding to cover sound design/mix, color-correction and outreach initiatives.

If you would like to contribute to the film's completion, please donate here. You can also pre-order the DVD by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

Thank you for helping us bring Madina's Dream to the world in 2015!