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Emerging first in Khartoum in the realm of 1984-5, Najwa, a student of the city's main university, is one of a clique exploring Western influences. Music, attire, attitudes, and habits of the group play with European and American exports. Quickly shifting to the present day - the new millenium - after a political coup ousted Najwa's family from Sudan, she is shown older, wiser, and lonlier. She rekindles a faith lost, or never quite held, while passing t...