Great African Films, Vol. 3: The Desert Ark/Daratt [DVD]

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African filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun directed this lyrical tale of young man's desire to come to terms with his tragic past. Ali Barkai plays a young man from the nation of Chad whose father was killed before he was born. Looking for some sort of closure in his life, the young man decides to find the man who murdered his father; when he does, he gets a job working for the killer, at once pondering vengeance but also struggling to come to a place of forgiveness. Daratt received its world premiere at the 2006 Venice Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

L'Arche du Desert
Algerian director Mohamed Chouikh set this Romeo and Juliet-themed tale in the Sahara: Young impoverished Amin (Hacen Abdou) and Myriam (Myriam Aouffen), from a wealthy family, are taken by surprise when they are found kissing in the dunes. Long-established religious traditions set various rivalries in motion, tearing the young lovers apart and creating turmoil in the village. At the time this film was released, there had been a series of massacres in Algeria, and Chouikh has explored all the social, religious, political, and geographical forces behind the wanton violence in his native land, in this allegory of two communities at war over a simple, innocent act of love. This Algerian-French-German co-production was shown at the 1997 Locarno Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Youssouf Djaoro
    Youssouf Djaoro - Nassara
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