World Cinema

A Screaming Man

(Un Homme Qui Crie)

Year 2010
Runtime 92 mins
Language French and Arabic
Subtitles French, Arabic
Alberta Premiere

French and Arabic with English subtitles

PG: Not Recommended for Young Children

At a luxury hotel in N’Djamena, the capital city of Chad, Adam and his son Abdel both work at the swimming pool as caretakers and swim teachers to the elite tenants. Adam is a former swimming champion and small legend in his community. When that lustre fades and his privilege loses weight with the new Chinese owners of the hotel, our aging hero is forced to adjust as Abdel usurps his position and an embarrassing work downgrade strips away his pride. While this humiliation poisons the family’s relations, the civil war still pounding at the city’s borders adds to the tension. Torn by betrayal and the moral weight of Adam’s choices, this simple family is pulled into the tragedy of political unrest through its own internal instability.

The film’s title is taken from the famed pan-African poet Aimé Césaire: “Beware of assuming the sterile attitude of a spectator, for life is not a spectacle, a sea of miseries is not a proscenium, a screaming man is not a dancing bear.” A SCREAMING MAN beautifully illustrates this truth by treating the personal and political spheres of one man’s life as invariably, and heartbreakingly, connected.



Official Competition Cannes Film Festival 2010, Official Selection Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2010, Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2010
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Executive Producer
Florence Stern
Sébastien Delloye, Diana Elbaum
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Laurent Brunet
Marie-Hélène Dozo
Youssouf Djaoro, Dioucounda Koma, Djénéba Koné