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A Screaming Man

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A Screaming Man

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (2010)

91min
PG Certificate
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Our Score
Civil war rips through the African republic of Chad and a former swimming champion now working as a hotel pool attendant has to face up to his own personal crises, in this drama from director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. As the country's political situation worsens, "Champ", as everyone calls Youssouf Djaoro's protagonist Adam, proves so obsessed by his workplace status that his responsibilities towards his family seem less of a priority. The chastening events that then occur effectively illuminate the destructive side of masculine pride - an issue Haroun suggests runs from top to bottom in many African societies. The director's style is certainly deliberate, but the gradual build-up of events is undeniably thought-provoking, played out in images of stark beauty as Adam's personal odyssey reaches a powerful and moving conclusion.

Summary

An ageing swimming pool attendant in Chad is forced to retire, with his job passing to his own son. As the country descends into Civil War, he is pressured by a government official to contribute to the fight against the rebel - but his refusal results in his son being forced into military service. Drama, starring Youssouf Djaoro and Diouc Koma. In French and Arabic.

Cast & Crew

Adam Youssouf Djaoro
Abdel Dioucounda Koma
Chief of District Emile Abossolo M'Bo
Mariam Hadjé Fatimé N'Goua
David Marius Yelolo
Djénéba Djénéba Koné
Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
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Other Information

Language: French, Arabic +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Soda Pictures Released on: 13 May 2011

Drama

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