Year: 2010
USA: Film Movement
UK: Soda Pictures
Cast: Youssouf Djaoro, Diouc Koma, Emil Abossolo M'Bo, Hadje Fatime N’Goua, Marius Yelolo, Djeneba Kone, Li Heling, Remadji Adele Ngaradoumbaye, John Mbaiedoum, Sylvain Mbaikoubou, Abdou Boukar, Fatime Nguenabaye, Gerard Ganda Mayoumbila, Mahamat Choukou, Tourgoudi Oumar, Hadre Dounia
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Countries: Chad
Language: French / Arabic (English subtitles)
USA: 88 mins
UK: 91 mins
USA Rated: Not yet rated
UK Certificate: PG contains brief images of dead bodies
USA Release Date: 13 April 2011
UK Release Date: 13 May 2011 (Limited Release)


Adam (Youssouf Djaoro), a 60-something former swimming champion, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel is sold to new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son, Abdel (Diouc Koma), leaving Adam humiliated and resentful.

Meanwhile the country is in the throes of civil war. Rebel forces attack the government while the authorities demand the population to contribute to the "war effort," with money or volunteers old enough to fight. The District Chief constantly harasses Adam for his contribution. But Adam is penniless; he only has his son. In a moment of weakness, Adam makes a decision that he will forever regret.

Winner: Jury Prize " 2010 Cannes Film Festival