Daratt

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Cast:
Atim: Ali Barkai
Gumar Abatcha: Khayar Oumar Defallah
Nassara: Youssouf Djaoro
Aïcha: Aziza Hisseine
Moussa: Djibril Ibrahim

When the long and devastating civil war in Chad ends, survivors are hoping that justice will be served against those who were involved in the genocide. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, however, chooses not to condemn them. Young Atim, whose father was murdered before his birth during the conflict, is given a gun by his blind grandfather and ordered to avenge his family. Determined to take revenge, Atim looks for Nassara, his father’s torturer. Instead of finding a cold-blooded murderer, Atim meets a charitable baker and a soon-to-be father who seeks redemption through religion. Atim cannot bring himself to kill Nassara in cold blood, and lets himself be hired as his assistant, creating a strange and complex relationship. Nassara initiates Atim into his work and offers to share his house with him and his young wife Aïcha. Little by little, Nassara plays the role of the father to this young orphan. However, while a tactful proximity grows between Aïcha and Atim, the later, still imbued by his mission and faithful to his father memory, is ardently resisting Nassara’s influence. When Nassara asks to adopt him, Atim pretends that he wants Nassara to get his father’s approval. However, instead of bringing him to his village, he brings him to the desert where they meet his grandfather…

Awards: Unesco Award, Signis Award-Special Mention, Human Rights Film Network Award – Special Mention, Grand Special Jury Prize, UNESCO Award, Venice Film Festival (2006)
Production: France, Chad, Belgium, Austria, 2006
Language: Arabic and French