New Release: A Screaming Man DVD

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Youssouf Djaoro thinks it over in A Screaming Man.

The winner of a Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, foreign language drama A Screaming Man was released on DVD on Aug. 2, 2011, from independent film supplier Film Movement.

Produced in writer/director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s native country of Chad, A Screaming Man is the first movie from sub-Saharan Africa to be chosen for the festival’s top honors in 13 years.

The film revolves around Adam (Youssouf Djaoro), a former swimming champion in his 60s who is now a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel is taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son, Abdel (Dioucounda Koma), leaving Adam humiliated and resentful. Meanwhile, the country is in the throes of a civil war, with rebel forces attacking the government and the authorities demanding that the people contribute to the “war effort” with money or volunteers old enough to fight. Adam is constantly harassed for a contribution, but he is penniless. In a moment of weakness, Adam makes a decision that he will forever regret.

Special features on the DVD include Haroun’s 2008 short film Expectations.

Presented in French and Arabic with English subtitles, the DVD carries a list price of $24.95.

Here’s the movie’s trailer:


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