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Our Father
(Abouna)

Screening on Film
Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.
With Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa, Hamza Moctar Aguid, Zara Haroun.
Chad, 2002, 35mm, color, 84 min.
Chadian Arabic with English subtitles.

Fifteen year-old Tahir and eight year-old Amine awake one morning in N'djamena to find their father gone and their mother silent with grief. As they ponder what to do, they spot their father onscreen at the local movie theater. A series of tragicomic consequences unspools from their decision to steal the reel of film containing their father. The film's young protagonists and gentle understatement will remind some of Kiarostami, but the clear-eyed mix of realism and allegory is a hallmark of Haroun's filmmaking.

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