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The lives of two brothers, who live in N'djamena, are upended when they awake one Saturday morning to find that their father has left the family. They are Amine, about eight years old, playful and asthmatic, and Tahir, 15, handsome, quiet, his brother's protector. The boys go in search of their father, and find only trouble. Dad's leaving also debilitates their mother. The movies, a musical uncle, a village Koran school, a poster of a Moroccan beach, and a young deaf woman figure in the resolution. Is there any place for happiness, or is happiness only in storybooks? Written by
A visual narrative on ordinary folk with a simple but instantly recognisable plot on family responsibility. Children and women are often the victims in male dominant third world societies. This film aims to express this through the eyes of children in a fragile society. In the aftermath of post-colonial and civil war-torn Muslim state Chad, a father leaves home for Morocco, leaving behind his wife and two boys, presumably to make money for his family. Their mother becomes stressed and cannot assert full parental responsibilities alone and so hands her children over to a nearby Koran school. Here, the boys plot to venture out and find their estranged father, not realising the extent of the journey or indeed where Morocco is - other than by the sea. As most people in the desert region of Chad have never seen the sea, their quest becomes a dream not to be fulfilled.
The pace of the film is deliberately slow. The narrative is mainly visual. The use of non-actors gives it that realistic edge. To me it is another fine example of indigenous African cinema that aims to bring home the reality of life. Cinema isn't just there to entertain (or make money) it is also to educate and enhance thought. Well recommended piece of social realism.
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