A Screaming Man

Un homme qui crie
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

France, Belgium, Chad, drama, 2010, 92 min.
Former swimming champion and local hero Adam (Youssouf Djaoro) works as a pool attendant at a luxurious hotel in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, which contrasts with the poor and grey surrounding neighbourhoods. The man fixes up a job for his son Abdel (Dioucounda Koma) in the same hotel, but soon things change. When the hotel is taken over by new Chinese owners, Adam is forced to give up his job in favour of Abdel and feels humiliated… The country is in the throes of a civil war and rebel forces are attacking the government. The authorities demand that the population contribute to the “war effort”, giving money or volunteers old enough to fight off the assailants. The District Chief constantly harasses Adam for his contribution, but Adam is penniless. He only has his son...

2010 – Jury Prize in Cannes Film Festival, France.

About the director:
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in Abéché, Chad, in 1961. He studied film at the Free Conservatory of French Cinema (Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français) in Paris, and journalism in Bordeaux. Before his first feature film – documentary “Bye Bye Africa” (2000) – he created a few shorts “The Second Wife” (Maral Tanié, 1994), “Goï-Goï” (1995), and “B 400” (1997). “Bye Bye Africa” was awarded the Best First Film award in Venice Film Festival. The second feature film “Our Father” (Abouna, 2002) was screened at the Cannes Film Festival. The third film “Dry Season” (Daratt, 2006) won five prizes at the Venice Film Festival including the Jury Prize, UNESCO Award and Human Rights Film Network Award. Following this international success, Haroun is considered one of the best modern filmmakers and his cinematic style is described as simple, but deep and sensitive.

Section: Identity

Screenplay: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Dir. of Photography: Laurent Brunet

Music: Wasis Diop, Djénéba Kone

Cast: Youssouf Djaoro, Dioucounda Koma, Emile Abossolo M'bo, Djénéba Koné, Hadje Fatime N'Goua