Le Pelerin de Camp Nou (Chad: 2009)

Director

Abakar Chene Massar

Cast list

Abakar Chene Massar            Majid

Ousman Adoum                      Coach

Nadech Ngaryo                       Faiza

Adoudou Ahmat Aziber         Hakim

Mamza Malloum Ali              Père de Faiza

Mahamat Saleh Abakar           Peère de Majid

Moussa Abderahim                Alio

Bachar Mahamat Saleh           Hamid

Mariam Abba-Yaya                Mère de Majid

Munaim Abdullah                   Médecin

Credits

Abakar Chene Massar            Director

Bentley Brown                       Co-director

Abakar Chene Massar            Writer

Mahamat Ali Boukhary          Producer

Bentley Brown                       Producer

Abakar Chene Massar            Producer

Music by

Sosal Abakar

Mahamat Ali Boukhary

Aaron Brown

Bentley Brown

Cinematoography by

Bentley Brown

Film Editing by

Bentley Brown

Synopsis

Majid (Abakar Chene Massar) enters a fight to the death with his own coach (Ousman Adoum). Majid is a few short days away from the town championship game when Faïza (Nadech Ngaryo), the team president's daughter, catches his eye and that of the coach too. The championship game arrives and Majid finds himself sidelined by his rival. Entering the game in the second half, the team captain emerges from the coach's restraints and scores the goal that symbolically defeats his coach and wins Faïza's heart. Outside of football season, Majid is a student, and this year he is set to take the French baccalaureate exam. He is a young man with high hopes: to succeed academically, to take Faïza's hand in marriage, and the dream of one day playing football on the international stage. And in the wake of his glory on the pitch and the capture of his love's heart, he makes a decision of grave impact. One small bribe by Majid's friend Hamid to a Chadian police officer and Majid is introduced to illegal and powerful substances guaranteed to bring him success in his studies. Within days, Majid is caught in a rapid downward spin. His relationship to his family is destroyed by his newfound frenetic and unpredictable state. Faïza, though devoted to Majid in heart, is forced into marriage with an acquaintance of her father. Majid's little brother Alio contracts and dies from a disease. And Majid lives out his dream, superstar for F.C. Barcelona, playing weekly in the Camp Nou stadium of his drug-ridden mind. Majid's story is a metaphor for disenchanted youth across Africa whose dreams can only be realized through fantasy.

Reviews

Mundell, Ian. "Where Is Africa?: The 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010." Senses of Cinema. N.p., 04 Apr. 2010. Web. 06 Dec. 2015.

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