Daratt (Dry Season) (Chad: 2006)


Mahamat Saleh Haroun

Cast list

Ali Bacha Barkaim: Atim

Djibril Ibrahim: Moussa

Aziza Hisseine: Aicha

Khayar Oumar Defallah: Gumar Abatcha

Fatime Hadje: Moussa's aunt

Youssouf Djaoro: Nassara

Garba Issa: Nassara's cousin


Written by: Mahamat Saleh Haroun

Produced by: Abderrahmane Sissako


This film takes place after the Chadian civil war. Atim, a 16 year-old boy, is sent by his grandfather to kill Nassara, the man responsible for killing Atim's father. Atim discovers that Nassara is the owner of a bakery. Nassara ends up taking Atim as an apprentice and treats him like a son. Atim has to choose between avenging his father and forgiving the man he has come to know.


Deborah Young Review: 'Dry Season' Variety (online magazine)

Manohla Dargis A Teenager's Quiet Trek Toward Revenge New York Times

Academic Articles: 

Dayna Oscherwitz. “Dry Season directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (review)”. African Studies Review 57.2 (2014): 237-239. Project Muse.