Chad

ABOUNA – DER VATER

One fine morning Tahir and Hamine are informed about their father’s disappearance. They decide to look for him. “For kids the father is like a hero. There is no small father for kids – every kid can speak; My father is the strongest‘ – they believe it, and that’s it.” (Mahamet-Saleh Haroun)

Chad/F 2002
Regie: Mahamet-Saleh Haroun
85 min, 35 mm, Farbe, arab.-franz. OF mit dt. UT
Official Selection 34ème Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes 2002

AU LOIN DES VILLAGES – FERN DES DORFES

In April 2006, 13,000 people from the Dajo ethnic group took refuge on the Gouroukon Plain, east of Tchad. They were all survivors of the war in Darfour. There, they set up camp, cut themselves off and constructed their means to survive. Oliver Zuchuat, in turn, holed himself up in this prison without walls. Through his sweeping shots he tells about the seemingly endless time of waiting. Refugees tell their stories, children draw pictures of the war, girls sing war songs: a film about war without a single war shot. read more

DARATT (Dry Season/Trockenzeit)

At fifteen Atim goes to search for the man who killed his father. He arrives in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, and begins investigating. Nassara, the murderer, now owns a small bakery. Atim gets himself engaged as an apprentice, and between the two men, a strange relationship develops in which Nassara’s wife will bring the affection they both seek.

Chad/France/Belgium/A 2006
Regie: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
93 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Festival: Mostra del Cinema Venedig 06 (Jurypreis); In Kooperation mit Südwind Tirol
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DARESALAM

DARESALAM evokes the 70s in Chad. The friendship between Koni and Djimi is settled in the emotional and physical violence of the re-volution: it will be put to the test and have to prove itself. This is the first film realized in Chad .

Chad/F 2000
Regie: Issa Serge Coelo
105 min, 35mm, 1:1.85, Farbe, OmenglU

DP75 TARTINA CITY

Adoum wants to circulate abroad a report about the situation in his home country, Chad. After a personal search at the airport, he is arrested and imprisoned in the appalling basement of a prison led by Colonel Koulbou. His situation seems desperate. Hava, the Colonel’s second wife, who is subjected to the insults and humiliations of her husband and his first wife on a daily basis, plans to escape from this infernal life…

Chad/F 2007
Regie: Serge Issa Coelo
88 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Fribourg Filmfestival 2008
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Grigris

Grigris is perhaps the most enigmatic figure in African cinema. As the dancer with the lame foot, he was celebrated in the nightclubs of N’Djamena. By day, he keeps his head above water working as a photographer, before meeting the beautiful Mimi. When his stepfather is suddenly taken ill, he puts all his eggs in one basket and gets involved with petrol smugglers. Veteran director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun combines the genres of love story and gangster thriller with a precise study of today’s situation in Chad. read more

UN HOMME QUI CRIE

Adam used to be a popular swimmer. For more than thirty years he has been happy working as a pool supervisor in a luxury hotel in N’Djamena, the capital city of Chad. However, Chinese investors take over the hotel and Adam is being degraded to parking attendant. Aside from that the civil war affects his yet peaceful life: rebels from the north advance on the capital and the district chief gives him the choice – either he donates money for the fight against the riots or his son Abdel gets pressed into service. Adam doesn’t have enough money.
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