Abouna (Our Father) (Chad: 2002)


Mahamat Saleh Haroun

Cast list

Ahidjo Mahamet Moussa       Tahir

Hamza Moctar Aguid              Amine

Zara Haroun                            Achta

Mounira Khalil                       Mute girl

Diego Moustapha Ngarade   Uncle Adoum

Garba Issa                               Father

Koulsy Lamko                         Headmaster


Written by: Mahamat Saleh Haroun

Producers: Guillaume de Seille and Abderrahmane Sissako


Tahir and Amine wake up one morning and discover that their father has abandoned them. This causes them to act mischievously. While watching a film, they believe that they see their father in it, so they steal the film to look at the frames. Their mother, not knowing what to do with them, sends them to a Koranic school. The two brothers plan on escaping, until Tahir falls in love with a deaf girl.


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Margaret R. Miles and S. Brent Plate. "Hospitable Vision: Some Notes on the Ethics of Seeing Film". Cross Currents 54.1 (2004): 22-31. Academic Search Premier.