Films from the South is proud to welcome Mahamat-Saleh Haroun as on of our main guests at this year's festival. Haroun is included in the festivals Directors Special Portrait and the audience will have the opportunity to see several of his films and meet the director at two of the screenings of his latest documentary Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy (more information below).
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun is among Africa's leading filmmakers. His feature debut, the critically acclaimed docudrama Bye Bye Africa (1999), marked the first feature film ever produced in Chad.
Haroun grew up in Chad, but left the war-ravaged country for France in the late 80's. He studied film and worked as a journalist in France, and went on to writing and directing the short Maral Tanié (1994), in which a young Chad girl is married off to an older man.
His critically acclaimed sibling-drama Abouna (2002) reaped several awards in various festivals. His big breakthrough came with Daratt (2006), which was selected to the main competition at the film festival in Venice and won a number of awards, among which were the Special Jury Prize and the UNESCO Award.
A Screaming Man (2010) took Haroun to the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival and ultimately won him the Jury Prize. He was invited back the following year as a jury member for the main competition, and three years later he returned as a competitor, with Grigris (2013).
Earlier this year, Haroun once again found himself on the Boulevard de la Croisette – this time with the documentary Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy (2016), a nominee for the prestigious L'OEil d'Or – the documentary equivalent of the Palme d'Or. Contrary to Haroun’s previous documentaries, the film does not tackle court hearings, but tells the stories of the many victims of Chads former president Hissein Habré, who governed through systematic corruption and violence.
Harouns low-key and meditative storytelling manages to portray differing fates of Chad people with warmth and complexity.
Film: Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy
On the occasion of the Hissein Habré screening there will be a conversation between director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and film magazine Montages.
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (b. 1961, Chad) has been making films in his homeland since the mid-90's. His feature film debut came with the documentary Bye Bye Africa (1999), where he himself played the main part. In 2010, his film A Screaming Man won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and Grigris was nominated for the Palme d'Or in 2013.
Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy (Hissein Habré, une tragédie tchadienne, documentary, 2016)
A Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie, 2010)
Movie: Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy
Time: October 13 at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Filmens Hus - Tancred
In conjunction with this screening there will be a conversation between director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Karsten Meinich from online film magazine Montages.
Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy: Landmark trial for "Africa's Pinochet"
The screening of Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy Friday Oct. 14 6:30 p.m is a part of the festivals forum for film and debate: The Critical Room. After the screening Mahamat Saleh Haroun and historian and Chad expert Ketil Fred Hansen will discuss the historic trial f Hissein Habre and debate the possibilities for reconciliation in Chad and elsewhere in the region. Tove Gravdal from Morgenbladet will lead the conversation.
Hissein Habre, A Chadian Tragedy. Tickets for these screenings are available from Friday 23 September, when we release the complete festival program.