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Our Father (2002)

Abouna (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 19 March 2003 (France)
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 Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa ... Tahir
Hamza Moctar Aguid Hamza Moctar Aguid ... Amine
Zara Haroun Zara Haroun ... Achta (Mother)
Mounira Khalil Mounira Khalil ... The Mute Girl
Diego Moustapha Ngarade Diego Moustapha Ngarade ... Uncle Adoum (as Diego Mustapha N'Garade)
Koulsy Lamko Koulsy Lamko ... The Father
Garba Issa Garba Issa ... The Headmaster
Ramada Mahamat Ramada Mahamat ... The teacher's wife
Hassan Boulama Hassan Boulama ... Hassan
Sossal Mahamat Sossal Mahamat ... Teacher's assistant
Hadje Fatime N'Goua Hadje Fatime N'Goua ... The doctor
Nouraldine Mahamat Alio Nouraldine Mahamat Alio ... Police chief
Christophe N'Garoyal Christophe N'Garoyal ... Factory manager
Haoua Tantine Abakar Haoua Tantine Abakar ... Angry neighbour
Adoum Albert Adoum Albert ... Fighting boy


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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Official submission of Chad for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 75th Academy Awards in 2003. See more »


References Stranger Than Paradise (1984) See more »


Written by Muhamed El-Amin and Fadi Alla Mohamed
Performed by Muhamed El-Amin
from the album "Voice of Sudan"
Wergo/Schott Music & Media
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Our Father, who art made the middle section too long!
3 February 2003 | by meejoirSee all my reviews

For a film with a relatively short 84 minute running time Abouna (Our Father) felt like an eternity.

It follows the (mis)fortunes of 2 young boys after the disappearance of their father, whom I assume had gone accross the Chadian(?) border to look for work abroad.

The direction is pretty good and features some beautifully constructed shots of the Chadian landscapes. The beginning and the end are well paced but the whole middle section of the film drags on forever. Special mention goes to the young girl who plays the deaf mute, she was fantastic.

Still, it is worth going to see even if it's just to drag you out of the multiplex and into your local art-house!

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France | Chad | Netherlands


French | Arabic

Release Date:

19 March 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Gaoui, Chad See more »


Box Office


EUR900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,350, 22 February 2004

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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