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Un homme qui crieMiguel and I always agree in that if you want to see a good movie, choose a drama. Comedies or romantic movies can be good, but almost never great. The intensity and depth of a drama can never be reached by a comedy. A good drama will stay with you for a long time, sometimes even forever.
Maybe because our lives in this world are mainly dramas, with small moments of happiness, laughs or romance. We as human beings identify with the suffering, pain, struggles of other men and women more than with their cheerful moments.
Last Friday, I went to the opening of the Cascade Festival of African Films to watch the movie A Screaming Man (Un homme qui crie) by the great director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. Definitely, this movie enters in the category of a great drama that will linger in your mind and heart long after all the comedies you have seen in your life have vanished away.Un homme qui crie
Un homme qui crie
A Screaming Man belongs to the pantheon of great movies, because it’s so rich that no matter who you are, where you live, or which culture you belong to, it will have something that will resonate with you.
As in Daratt, this is a film short on words. All the main character emotions are shown with little or no dialogue, tears or screams.
Adam, a former swimming champion, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad that has been taken over by new Chinese owners who decide to reorganize their business and get rid of many employees. Adam is forced to give up his job to his 20 year old son Abdel, and is given the task of being the gatekeeper of the hotel. He feels humiliated by this, and the relationship with his son becomes more and more tense. At the same time, the country is at war and he is forced by the government to contribute part of his meager and now reduced income to the “war effort”.
The movie, as many of Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, explores father-son relationships, but also the dynamics of a country permanently at war, with tensions between Muslims and Christians, where there is a lack of future for new generations and nothing is certain, and where there are few hopes for a change.
The older generation is represented by Adam, a struggling man that wants to live a life as close as normal as he can but that later regrets the choices that out of desperation he has made. The new generation is represented by Abdel and his girlfriend, but specially by their new child that is about to be born.
If you liked Daratt, you’ll love this movie. The themes that explores are universal, but many situations clearly belong to the African continent. Civil wars, corrupt governments, people forced to flee their lands, and an oppressive feeling that nothing will ever change.
A Screaming Man is a great drama; real, deep, and moving.
As a side note, after the movie there was going to be a debate between the public and the director, one of the things I was REALLY looking forward to.
However, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was not able to attend the screening of his movie in Portland, only because he couldn’t get a visa to enter the USA. What a shame!
Homeland Security policies at its best.

alicia
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