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A Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie) (France | Belgium | Chad, 2010)

Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Cast: Youssouf Djaoro, Dioucounda Koma, Hadje Fatime N'Goua. Adam, a former swimming champion in his sixties, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel, leaving Adam humiliated and resentful. Meanwhile the country is in the throes of a civil war. Rebel forces are attacking the government and the authorities demand the people contribute to the " war effort" with money or volunteers old enough to fight.

Abouna(France / Chad / Netherlands, 2002)

Directed and written by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Cast: Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa, Hamza Moctar Aguid, Zara Haroun, Mounira Khalil, Kously Lamko. After two young Chadian boys discover their father has abandoned them, they embark on a desperate quest to bring him home. French and Arabic with English subtitles. 84 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa

Both a reenactment and a documentary, relates the story of the first international conference on Africa, which established the division of Africa amongst the European powers, and created Congo as a personal possession of the Belgian king. Using actual transcripts taken down at the time, Berlin 1885 combines reenactments of the Conference proceedings and previously unexplored archival materials, with the insights of historians and scholars from six nations, to discuss the politics, implications, and legacy of the conference. written and directed by Joel Calmettes. 2010. 84 min.

Bye Bye Africa (Chad, 1998)

A film by Mahamat Saleh Haroun. In this reflexive docu-drama about the difficulties of making films in Africa (the first feature film from Chad), an exiled film director returns to Chad after the death of his mother. There he discovers, as a result of wars, that motion picture theaters have been abandoned in favor of makeshift video theaters often in private homes. Haroun visits a producer who suggests that he make a film using a video camera and concludes that the important thing is to continue to produce films no matter what the circumstances. In French and Arabic with English subtitles.

Congo, A Curse of Riches

Examines the Belgium exploitation of the Congo as a colony and their atrocities against the natives. In 1960 Belgium gave up the colony and Patrice Lamumba was elected prime minister but was soon assassinated. His death crushed hopes of a free and democratic Congo. Looks at the subsequent rule of Mobutu and how the riches of the region have only brought suffering, corruption and death to the Congolese. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 32 min.

Congo: White King, Red Rubber, Black Death

Describes how King Leopold II of Belgium turned the Congo into his private colony between 1885-1908. Under his control, the Congo became a labor camp of shocking brutality where people were starved and tortured in the name of harvesting rubber. Written and directed by Peter Bate. Dist.: ArtMattan. 2004. 90 min.

Dead Mums Don't Cry

This documentary follows Grace Kodindo, an obstetrician in Chad, as she tries to stop mothers from dying during pregnancy. Women in Chad have a 1 in 11 chance of dying in pregnancy or during childbirth. But a few countries have succeeded in saving mother's lives. The film then moves on to Honduras which has cut maternal mortality far faster than some wealthier neighbors. Directed by by Tristan Quinn. 2005. 50 min.
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Dry Season (Daratt; Saison seche) (Chad / France / Belgium / Austria, 2006)

Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Cast: Ali Bacha Barkai, Youssouf Djaoro, Aziza Hisseine, Djibril Ibrahim, Fatime Hadje, Khayar Dumar Defallan. The government of Chad granted amnesty to war criminals in 2006, following forty years of civil strife. Atim, age 16, is given a revolver by his grandfather so that he may find and kill the man who killed his father. Atim quickly locates Nassara, now married and living as a baker in a nearby village. Pretending to be looking for work, Atim is hired as an apprentice baker.

Forced to Flee: Congo Film : The Philippines

Tens of millions of people around the world have been forced to flee their homes, but unlike refugees who are protected by international law, they remain within the borders of their own countries. They are the displaced. These two IRIN films tell the story of two very different communities of displaced and the terrible challenges they face. 2008. 20 min.

Heart of the Congo: Rebuilding Life in the Face of War

Amid threats of violence, corruption, and a legacy of colonial dependency, aid workers in the Congo help refugees who have lost everything. They seek to strengthen villagers' will, essential for a self-sufficient future. Heart of the Congo is a film about courage, perseverance and ways in which humanitarian aid makes a lasting difference. Director, Tom Weidlinger. 2004. 57 min.
web web sites:Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

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