Bye Bye Africa

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Bye Bye Africa
Directed by Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Written by Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Starring Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Garba Issa
Aïcha Yelena
Abakar Mahamat-Saleh
Music by Al-hadj Ahmat dit Pecos,
Issa Bongo,
Ringo Efoua-Ela
Cinematography Stephane Legoux, Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Edited by Sarah Taouss Matton
Distributed by California Newsreel (USA)
Les Histoires Weba (France)
Release date
20 May 2002 (Cannes Film Festival premiere)
Running time
86 minutes
Language Arabic, French
Budget ~USD100,000[1]

Bye Bye Africa is a 1999 award-winning Chadian film. It was the first by Chadian director Mahamat Saleh Haroun, who also starred. The docu-drama centers on a fictionalized version of Haroun.


A Chadian film director who lives and works in France (Haroun) returns home upon the death of his mother. He is shocked at the degraded state of the country and the national cinema. Encountering skepticism from his family members about his chosen career, Haroun tries to defend himself by quoting Jean-Luc Godard: "The cinema creates memories." The filmmaker decides to make a film dedicated to his mother entitled Bye Bye Africa but immediately encounters major problems. Cinemas have closed and financing is impossible to secure. The director reunites with an old girlfriend (Yelena), who was shunned by Chadians who could not distinguish between film and reality after appearing in one of his previous films as an HIV victim. Haroun learns about the destruction of the African cinema from directors in neighboring countries, but also finds Issa Serge Coelo shooting his first film, Daressalam. Things go badly and, convinced that it is impossible to make films in Africa, Haroun departs Chad in despair, leaving his film camera to a young boy who had been assisting him.


The film won the following awards:[2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "2000 Toronto International Film Festival—Part 2: Without flinching" by David Walsh, World Socialist Website, 28 September 2000
  2. ^ Awards, IMDB

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