Bye Bye Africa 1999 Ages 18+
6.00PM Fri 20 Sep 2019 (1hr 26mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
A searingly passionate film about the power of telling one’s own story through the medium of cinema, Mahamat-Saleh’s first feature length work is a meld of fiction and documentary. The director travels from France to his home country of Chad to make a film, cites Jean-Luc Godard as an influence and attempts to reconcile his feelings about his African home.
‘In 1999, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s Bye Bye Africa debuted as the first feature film from the country of Chad. The film is to an extent autobiographical, enlisting techniques of both fiction and nonfiction filmmaking to tell the story of an exiled filmmaker returning to Chad to make a movie, identical in many ways to Haroun’s own journey. The film was a runner-up for Best First Film at the Venice Film Festival and launched Haroun onto a string of feature-length dramas set in Chad: Abouna, Daratt, A Screaming Man, and Grigris. Despite its richness in philosophy, buttressed by Haroun’s careful dialogue as well as his deliberate alternation between Arabic and French, the film has been remembered as simply Chad’s first feature film, the one that helped launched Haroun’s career. Yet if one digs deeper than the surface-level film reviews, they may expose Haroun’s very personal statements of cultural disidentification throughout Bye Bye Africa as he navigates his own complicated relationship to Chad since his exile in France.’ Bentley Brown, The Disidentification of Mahamat Saleh Haroun
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, 86 MINUTES, FRANCE, CHAD, FRENCH, ARABIC (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: MAHAMAT-SALEH HAROUN / PRODUCER: CLAUDE GILAIZEAU, SYLVIE MAIGNE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MAHAMAT-SALEH HAROUN, STÉPHANE LEGOUX, ROBERT MILLIÉ / EDITOR: MATHILDE BOUSSEL, SARAH TAOUSS-MATTON / CAST: MAHAMAT-SALEH HAROUN, GARBA ISSA, AÏCHA YELENA, ABAKAR MAHAMAT-SALEH, KHAYAR OUMAR DEFALLAH / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PILI FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP