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95 minutes
In this spare but powerful 2006 drama, the wounds of civil war continue to fester long after the guns fall silent. Following a 40-year conflict in Chad, the national government proposes a wide-ranging amnesty, but a blind elder in a remote Saharan village, still seething at the loss of his son, urges his orphaned grandson (Ali Bacha Barkai) to avenge his father. The young man tracks the man who killed him (Youssouf Djaoro) to a city where he's built a new life as a baker, husband, and repentant Muslim; recognizing the youth's anger but not knowing the cause, the baker takes him on as an apprentice. Writer-director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Abouna) masterfully escalates tension through his characters' intractable silences. In French and Arabic with subtitles.

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