Dry Season

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Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.
With Ali Bacha Barkaï, Youssouf Djaoro, Khayar Oumar Defallah.
Chad, 2006, 35mm, color, 96 min.
Chadian Arabic with English subtitles.

Following the announcement that the Chadian government has issued an amnesty for war criminals following decades of civil war, teenage orphan Atim is handed a revolver by his elderly grandfather and given a mission of vengeance: the boy must travel from his tiny rural village to the capital city and kill the man who many years earlier murdered his father. His target, however, turns out to be not a bloodthirsty monster but a devoutly religious Muslim baker who gruffly takes the young would-be assassin under his wing as an apprentice. The elliptical story, graced with notes of humor and expressive silences, unfolds with some surprising twists before ultimately resolving into a quietly wrenching drama of personal accountability and moral choice.

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