Mahamat-Saleh Haroun


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

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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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


Hortense, a 40-year old nurse from the Ivory Coast, leaves her family in Bordeaux to live with her lover Jean-Paul, an oyster farmer. Her husband Malik, a macho and a very traditional man, sees his whole world turned upside down. Because of this new situation he has to raise his two sons, six and twelve, on his own. In addition he has to discover that his oldest son is homosexual. Only the arrival of beautiful Amina, the lonely neighbour, marks the beginning of quite a few surprising turns. Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in Chad and has lived in France since 1982. read more


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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