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Country: Chad

Genre: Drama



One day in a hot, dusty town near the border of Chad and Cameroon, Tahir and his little brother Amine wake up to discover their father has disappeared. They go in search of him, but to no avail. Time passes. Amine continues to pine for his father, while Tahir develops an interest in a village girl... Then one day at the local cinema, the boys believe they see him on screen, and steal a reel of the film as proof. Their mother finds that she can no longer cope with them so they are taken away to a boys home.


  • Chad's submisssion for 2003 foreign language Oscar
  • Featuring music by virtuoso Malian guitarist Ali Farka Toure
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  • Hamza Moctar Aguid
  • Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa
  • Zara Haroun
  • Hassan Boulama
  • Diego Moustapha Ngarade
  • Garba Issa
  • Koulsy Lamko
  • Albert Adoum
    (Fighting Boy)
  • Abakar Mahamat-Saleh
    (Boy With Football)
  • Ali Kaya Akacha
    (Pupil In Front Of School)

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Intelligent, funny in spots though also sad, and beautifully shot, with a nice bit of self-reference in the roll-of-film subplot. The way the scenes are cut together reminds me of Maurice Pialat. Boy actor fans will notice the poster for Chaplin's The Kid in the cinema! The brothers' closeness is lovely to watch. The director is Mahamat Saleh Haroun, who directed and starred in Chad's first-ever feature film, Bye Bye Africa, in 1999, and later gave us the excellent A Screaming Man, Grigris and Sex, Okra and Salted Butter. The only other major Chadian director is Issa Serge Coelo, who has made Daresalam and DP75: Tartina City, both very good.

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