The Unforgettable: DARATT (2006)
Daratt, meaning Dry Season in English, is a 2006 film by Chadian director Mahamat Saleh Haroun. The film was one of seven films from non-Western cultures commissioned by Peter Sellars’ New Crowned Hope Festival to commemorate the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Inspiration for the themes of revenge and reconciliation was taken from Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito.
Darratt won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival, as well as eight other prizes at Venice and the Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou.
When the government announces an amnesty for all war criminals, 16-year-old Atim’s grandfather gives him a revolver and tells him to find his father’s killer. The teenager loses no time tracking him down.
Set in the wake of the long Chadian civil war, 16-year-old Atim (Ali Bacha Barkai) is sent by his grandfather to the city to kill Nassara (Youssouf Djaoro), the man who murdered his father before Atim’s birth. Atim, carrying his father’s gun, finds Nassara running a bakery. Unexpectedly, the taciturn Nassara takes Atim under his wing as the son he never had and begins teaching him how to run the bakery. The emotionally conflicted Atim is drawn into the life of Nassara and his pregnant wife (Aziza Hisseine), before a finale that Variety described as “sharp, fast and unexpected.
|Directed by||Mahamat Saleh Haroun|
|Written by||Mahamat Saleh Haroun|
|Produced by||Abderrahmane Sissako|
Mahamat Saleh Haroun
|Starring||Ali Bacha Barkaïm|
Khayar Oumar Defallah
Fatimé Hadje and
|Cinematography||Abraham Haile Biru|
|Edited by||Marie-Hélène Dozo|
|Music by||Wasis Diop|
|Release date||27 December 2006|
|Running time||96 minutes|