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'Imuhar': A Legend (1997)

'Imûhar', une légende (original title)
A Parisian lad spends a brief, life-changing time with a clan of the Imûhar, a high desert Berber people, called Tuaregs by the French. At age ten, Khénan's mother dies, and his father ... See full summary »

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Jacques Dubuisson
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Cast overview:
Ibrahim Paris Ibrahim Paris ... Khénan
Mohamed Ichika Mohamed Ichika ... Kenûni
Mohamed Ixa Mohamed Ixa ... Najem
Rhali Ixa Rhali Ixa ... Tannès
Atibou Aboubacar Atibou Aboubacar ... Hamou
Oumou Alghabid Oumou Alghabid ... Chadèma
Djibril Feltou Djibril Feltou ... Tuset
Agdal Mohamed Waissan Agdal Mohamed Waissan ... Aboutali
Rissa Amani Ahali Rissa Amani Ahali ... Bargali
Halimata Ibrahim Halimata Ibrahim ... Baz
Rissa Ixa Rissa Ixa ... Bohra
Malik Saderlher Malik Saderlher ... Taher
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A Parisian lad spends a brief, life-changing time with a clan of the Imûhar, a high desert Berber people, called Tuaregs by the French. At age ten, Khénan's mother dies, and his father Najem, an Imûhar, brings him from Paris to Niger after an eight year absence. Khénan bonds with his grandfather, a clan elder, from whom he learns Imûhar ways, with his aunt, Tannès, who is engaged but falls in love with a man from another tribe, and with Chadèma, a girl whose relationship to him is a surprise. Khénan mourns his mother in a culture that doesn't mention the dead; Hamou, the outsider, courts Tannès; Paris is in the past and future; and, the desert is an ocean of beauty and trial. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France | Niger

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 November 1997 (France) See more »

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Imuhar See more »

Filming Locations:

Niger

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Heartwarming and Heart wrenching all at the same time
28 June 2012 | by goodbadmovieblogSee all my reviews

Not at all what I thought it was going to be like.

We were really surprised actually. In a good way.

The little kid Ibraham Paris plays an amazingly strong role for such a young actor. It is really heartwarming how good he is and how well he brings across the feelings of his character, rather then relying on the older characters to do it for him.

And the setting and the music were absolutely magical. The desert is such a perfect place to set this kind of story as there is really nothing to distract you from the characters and their stories as the backdrop is just bare. Stunning to look at none the less, but still, not a lot grows in the desert.

The only thing that annoyed me is this film was billed as being French. Which was not strictly true. Parts were in French. But the rest of the film was in another language, Arabic or something similar we think, with French subtitles, so not technically a french film. Still it was magical to watch and we both really really enjoyed it. It was a heartwarming and at times heart-WRENCHING story and one that no doubt we will visit again in the future.


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