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Our Father (2002)
"Abouna" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  19 March 2003 (France)
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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, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa ...
Tahir
Hamza Moctar Aguid ...
Amine
Zara Haroun ...
Achta (Mother)
Mounira Khalil ...
The Mute Girl
Diego Moustapha Ngarade ...
Uncle Adoum (as Diego Mustapha N'Garade)
Koulsy Lamko ...
The Father
Garba Issa ...
The Headmaster
Ramada Mahamat ...
The teacher's wife
Hassan Boulama ...
Hassan
Sossal Mahamat ...
Teacher's assistant
Hadje Fatime N'Goua ...
The doctor
Nouraldine Mahamat Alio ...
Police chief
Christophe N'Garoyal ...
Factory manager
Haoua Tantine Abakar ...
Angry neighbour
Adoum Albert ...
Fighting boy
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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African Cinema at its Best
29 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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