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Screaming Man

A Screaming Man

Un Homme qui crie

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

  • Country: France/Belgium/Chad
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 92 min

A former swimming champion, after losing his job tending the swimming pool at a luxury hotel in N’Djamena, makes the tragic choice to join his country's still-raging civil war.

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Winner, Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2010. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s follow-up to his highly acclaimed Daratt (which won five prizes at the 2006 Venice film festival) begins at a luxury hotel in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, where former swimming champion and local hero Adam (Youssouf Djaoro) works tending the swimming pool, which sparkles incongruously in the midst of the poor, dusty city. Having obtained a job for his son at the pool as well, Adam is forced to cede his own position to the boy when new Chinese owners downsize the hotel staff. As he attempts to hide his festering humiliation, Adam is pressured by the neighbourhood strongman to join in the still-raging civil war in the country. The narrative builds with a string of shocking discoveries that feel guided by the inevitable hand of fate, culminating in a final scene that embodies the full tragedy of this African father’s story. Bracingly austere in its style and incisively contemporary in its content, A Screaming Man confirms Haroun as one of the emerging masters of modern cinema.

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