Abouna (Our Father) (Chad: 2002)

Director

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

Credits

Written by: Mahamat Saleh Haroun

Producers: Guillaume de Seille and Abderrahmane Sissako

Synopsis

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.

Reviews

Wendy Okoi-Obuli Mahamat Saleh Haroun's 'Abouna'- African Boys Need Love Too  Shadow Act

Joshua Brunsting For Criterion Consideration: Mahamat Saleh Haroun's Abouna Criterion

Academic Articles:

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.