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African Film Festival 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012
4:30 p.m. A Screaming Man
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (France/Belgium/Chad, 2010)

"It’s a modest film, if only in scale and apparent budget, about some of the greatest questions in life."—Manohla Dargis, NY Times

(Un homme qui crie). The Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Daratt; Abouna) is fast becoming African cinema’s premier filmmaker; A Screaming Man solidifies his standing. The graying yet still regal Adam, his days as a swimming champion behind him, works as a pool attendant at a resort hotel, along with his adult son. When new owners lay Adam off, however, and civil war begins to brew, he makes a fateful decision to fight for his job, and possibly lose his son. Haroun’s rich cinephilia is in full bloom here, from the hotel-employee-gone-downhill narrative of The Last Laugh to the slow-burning, Ozu-like photography.

• Written by Haroun. Photographed by Laurent Brunet. With Youssouf Djaoro, Diouc Koma, Emil Abossolo M’Bo, Marius Yelolo. (91 mins, In French and Arabic with English subtitles, Color, Beta SP)