|Abouna (Our Father)|
|Directed by||Mahamat Saleh Haroun|
|Produced by||Guillaume de Seille|
|Written by||Mahamat Saleh Haroun|
|Starring||Ahidjo Mahamet Moussa|
Hamza Moctar Aguid
Diego Moustapha Ngarade
|Music by||Ali Farka Touré|
|Cinematography||Abraham Haile Biru|
|Edited by||Sarah Taouss Matton|
|Distributed by||Filmmuseum Distributie (Netherlands)|
Kairos Filmverleih (Germany)
Leisure Time Features (USA)
MK2 Diffusion (France)
Abouna (Arabic: أبون, English: "Our Father") is a 2002 film by Chadian director Mahamat Saleh Haroun. It was filmed on location in Gaoui and N'Djamena, Chad. It was the Chadian submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 75th Academy Awards but was not nominated.
Two boys (Tahir and Amine) awake one morning to find that their father has abandoned their family. Shocked, they begin to misbehave. While surreptitiously watching a movie, they think they see their father speaking to them and steal the film to examine the frames. Their mother (Achta) eventually despairs and sends them to Koranic school. Unhappy, they plan their escape until the eldest boy falls in love with a deaf girl (Khalil).
Casting and production
Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa, who played the 15-year-old Tahir, was offered a choice of boys to play his younger brother Amine. He eventually chose eight-year-old Hamza Moctar Aguid because he felt that Aguid could really be his brother.
The film won the following awards:
- 2002 Hong Kong International Film Festival: Firebird Award – Special Mention
- 2002 Kerala International Film Festival: FIPRESCI Prize and Golden Crow Pheasant
- 2003 Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival: Baobab Seed Award, Best Cinematography, INALCO Award and UNICEF Award for Childhood
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