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L' homme qui crie

Festival de Cannes 2010 - Prix du Jury

L' homme qui crie
(A Screaming Man)

Chad 2010 87'

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Script: Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Camera: Laurent Brunet
Sound: Dana Farzanehpour
Editing: Marie-Hélène Dozo
Music: Wasis Diop
Production: Florence Stern
With: Youssouf Djaoro, Diouc Koma, Djénéba Koné, Emil Abossolo M'bo, Heling Li, Hadjé Fatimé Ngoua

Present-day Chad. Adam, sixty something, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N'Djamena hotel. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel. Terribly resentful, he feels socially humiliated. The country is in the throes of a civil war. Rebel forces are attacking the government. The authorities demand that the population contribute to the "war effort", giving money or volunteers old enough to fight off the assailants. The District Chief constantly harasses Adam for his contribution. But Adam is penniless; he only has his son....