A Screaming Man

  • PG
  • Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (2010)
  • Fr / Bel / Chad / Cameroon / Burkina Faso / Neth (SUB)
  • 91 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Youssouf Djaoro. In Chad, the power struggle between father Adam and son Abdel is exacerbated by the spread of civil war. As the unrest edges closer to the hotel where they work, Adam is moved to make a decision that has serious repercussions for the family.

Cast and crew

Cast

Adam
Youssouf Djaoro
Abdel
Dioucounda Koma
Chief of District
Emile Abossolo M'Bo
Mariam
Hadjé Fatimé N'Goua
David
Marius Yelolo
Djénéba
Djénéba Koné

Crew

Director
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Other Information

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