Abouna is told from the point of view of the two brothers Amine, (eight years) and Tahir (fifteen years). Their lives change drastically when their father runs away. In a cinema they see their father to their surprise as an actor on the silver screen. Their mother sends them to a Koranic school, where they must be raised to decent boys. Abandoned by their father and sent away by their mother, the boys do not get it easily at the strict school. Bright points are also happy: one of the nurses has a weakness for Amine, and between Tahir and a deaf and dumb girl, something beautiful flourishes.
Scenarist and director Haroun makes with the beautifully photographed Abouna the perception of children who grow up without their parents. Without sentimentality and with subdued acting and subtle editing, the film convincingly shows how children can go under. The music of Malinese guitarist Ali Farka Touré makes an important contribution to the atmosphere of the film. Abouna (co-supported by the Hubert Bals Fund of the IFFR) is a fine example of pan-African cinema: the film was shot in Chad and Cameroon and co-produced by Abderrahmane Sissako (Heremako, Bamako).
Playing time: 81 minutes
Picture: 16: 9 Anamorf Fullscreen
Sound: French DD2.0
Subtitles: Dutch, English
Article number: IPM033
EAN Code: 8717903483893