A Screaming Man (Chad: 2010)

Director

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Cast list

Youssouf Djaoro
Dioucounda Koma
Emile Abossolo M’bo
Hadje Fatime N’Goua
Marius Yelolo
Djenebe Kone
Heling Li

Synopsis

Present-day Chad. Adam, fifty-five, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N'Djamena hotel. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel. Terribly resentful, he feels socially humiliated. The country is in the throes of a civil war. Rebel forces are attacking the government. The authorities demand that the population contribute to the "war effort", giving money or volunteers old enough to fight off the assailants. The District Chief constantly harasses Adam for his contribution. But Adam is penniless; he only has his son....

Reviews

Manohla Dargis, “A Pool Man in Chad, at the Intersection of the Personal and the Political,NYTimes.com (online newspaper)

Jugu Abraham, “Chadean filmmaker Mahamet-Saleh Haroun's “Un Homme Qui Crie” (A Screaming Man) (2010): A subtle perspective from African cinema on an unusual father and son relationship,Movies Sans Frontiers (blog)

Farihah Zaman, “Holding His Breath,” Reverse Shot (online magazine)

Academic Articles:

A Screaming Man by Robert Koehler. Daily Variety, Vol. 307, No. 35 (Spring 2010), p. 8

Authorship and criticism in self-reflexive African cinema by Yifen Beus. Journal of African Cultural Studies, Vol. 23, No. 2 (December 2010), pp. 133-152

A Screaming Man by Rachel Gabara. African Studies Review, Vol. 56, No. 2 (September 2010), pp. 227-228