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


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