Chad film 'A Screaming Man' scoops jury prize at Cannes

23rd May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's "A Screaming Man" took the jury prize at the Cannes film festival Sunday.

The film was the first African film made south of the Sahara to be selected in 13 years to compete for the Palme d'Or top prize at Cannes.

Shot with the desert country's on-off civil war raging in the background, the drama shows a swimming champion turned hotel pool attendant humiliated when the new cost-cutting Chinese owners force him to hand his job to his son.

A slow-paced movie reflecting the rhythm of life in Africa, the magnificently-shot film focuses on the tension between the middle-aged man and his son, also about to become a father, while evoking issues of corruption, conflict and poverty.

"My films aim to bring Africa back within the fold of humanity where it is often elbowed out. Africa has a place and a voice," the 49-year-old director told AFP last week.

© 2010 AFP

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