Abouna (Our Father)

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Shown: March 6, 2022 at 6pm

Director : Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Country : Chad

Release Date : 2002

Duration : 84 mins

Language : Chadian Arabic and French

Subtitles : Yes

The lives of two brothers, who live in a small town in Chad, are upended when they awake one Saturday morning to find that their father has left the family. They are Amine – 8 years old, playful and asthmatic, and Tahir – 15, handsome, quiet, his brother’s protector. The boys go in search of their father and find only trouble. The father’s departure also debilitates their mother. The movies, a musical uncle, a village Koran school, a poster of a Moroccan beach and a young deaf woman figure in the resolution. Is there any place for happiness, or is happiness only in storybooks? With a soundtrack by acclaimed Malian multi-instrumentalist Ali Farka Touré.

A splendid achievement for the nascent African film industry. And it is also a fascinating film, notable for its empathetic heart as well as its political guts.” (Shirley Sealy – Film Journal International)