2002. Chad/France. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. 84 min.
Saturday, February 2, 2008, 2:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2002. Chad/France. Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Filled with the warmth and humanity of a film by Charles Chaplin or Satyajit Ray, Haroun's Our Father was featured at the Directors' Fortnight of Cannes in 2002 and won the prize for best cinematography at the 2003 Fespaco African film festival. In a dusty city in Chad near the Cameroonian border, fifteen-year-old Tahir and eight-year-old Amine decide to skip school and go to the local cinema. Convinced that a man who appears onscreen is their absent father, they run off with a reel of the film, hoping to discover his whereabouts. Their thievery, however innocent, leads to their arrest and banishment to a strict Koranic school far away. In Chadian Arabic; English subtitles. 84 min.