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Mahamat-Saleh Haroun: Modern Griot
April 20, 2018
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A retrospective of the work of Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. The director’s films, which remain mostly overlooked in the US.
The retrospective opens with the New York premiere of A Season in France (2017—Apr 20) with Haroun present for a post-screening discussion
A Screaming Man (2010—Apr 21 & 22) – The film, about the tension between a father and son when the father’s job as a hotel pool attendant is given to his son, foregrounds an intimate familial struggle while Chad’s civil war lingers in the periphery of the characters’ lives. The series also includes Haroun’s first film, Bye Bye Africa (1999—Apr 25), the first-ever film made in Chad, is an autobiographical docu-fiction in which the director plays a version of himself struggling to make a film in a country devastated by war and colonialism.
The series also includes Dry Season (2006—Apr 21) a quiet, but intense story of revenge and forgiveness about a teenage boy who sets out to kill the man who murdered his father, only to find himself taken under the wing of the man he sought to kill; Abouna (2002—Apr 23), a coming of age story that blends dreamily beautiful images of the Chadian landscape with a story of two brothers abandoned by both of their parents; and Grigris (2013—Apr 22), which screened in competition at Cannes, a thriller about a kind-natured photographer’s assistant who becomes involved in the criminal underworld in urban Chad.
The series includes two documentaries: Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy (2016—Apr 22), which examines the brutal reign of the Chadian dictator, Hissène Habré through stories told by survivors of the Habré regime; and Sotigui Kouyaté, A Modern Griot (1995—Apr 23), about the renowned griot (a storyteller who holds a place of honor in West African society). A Modern Griot follows Kouyaté from France to Mali for an emotional homecoming.