Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

6 Episodes

Though they speak quietly, the films of Mahamat-Saleh Haroun register with devastating emotional force. The acclaimed auteur has lived in France since 1982, but most of his films are set in his native Chad, a country whose turbulent history of civil war provides the backdrop to deeply empathetic human dramas like DARATT and the Cannes Jury Prize–winning A SCREAMING MAN. Stylistically restrained but loaded with complex moral and political themes, Haroun’s films confront questions of individual, familial, and national responsibility with unerring compassion and profound personal insight.

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Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • Meet Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

    Episode 1

    This interview with director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was recorded in 2021.

  • Abouna

    Episode 2

    Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun • 2002 • France
    Starring Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa, Hamza Moctar Aguid, Zara Haroun

    This early feature by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun is deeply affecting in its minutely observed portrait of two children forced to grow up too fast. Fifteen-year-old Tahir (Ahidjo Mahamat Mou...

  • Daratt

    Episode 3

    Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun • 2006 • Chad
    Starring Ali Barkai, Youssouf Djaoro, Djibril Ibrahim

    Mahamat-Saleh Haroun crafts a complex moral tale set in the wake of Chad’s long civil war. After the government announces that amnesty will be granted to all war criminals, sixteen-year-old Atim ...

  • A Screaming Man

    Episode 4

    Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun • 2010 • France
    Starring Youssouf Djaoro, Diouc Koma, Emile Abossolo M’bo

    Mahamat Saleh Haroun won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for this powerfully understated portrait of a man wrestling with conflicts within himself, his family, and his country. A...

  • Grigris

    Episode 5

    Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun • 2013 • Chad
    Starring Souleymane Démé, Anaïs Monory, Cyril Gueï

    Despite a paralyzed leg, twenty-five-year-old Grigris (Souleymane Démé) has hopes of becoming a professional dancer, earning extra cash putting his killer moves to good use on the dance floor of his...

  • A Season in France

    Episode 6

    Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun • 2017 • France
    Starring Eriq Ebouaney, Sandrine Bonnaire, Aalayna Lys

    The first film made by Chadian-born Mahamat-Saleh Haroun in his longtime adopted home of France is a piercingly insightful, immigrant’s-eye view of contemporary Europe. Having fled his home in...