Cannes 2012 - Chadian Mahamat Saleh-Haroun Will Shoot Next Film "Gris-Gris" This Fall

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 21, 2012 12:11 PM
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Mahamat Saleh-Haroun - Director Of 'Grisgris'

I recently read a lengthy interview with acclaimed Chadian filmmaker Mahamat Saleh-Haroun with Black Camera film journal, in which he vowed never to return to FESPACO, continental Africa's largest and most prominent film festival, given the festival's "organizational problems" (a much longer explanation is due, but I'm saving that for a later post).  

But it's most certainly quite a read, and I encourage to check it out (you'd obviously have to buy the last (not the current) issue of Black Camera to witness the carnage.

His last work, the Cannes Jury Prize award-winning film in 2010, A Screaming Man, is currently out on home video (DVD) so look for it! We've covered it quite extensively on S&A, from all the news write-ups to 2 reviews.

Do so before his next film is released - a new project which slipped under my radar and was mentioned quietly at Cannes over the weekend; I almost missed it.

Salerh-Haroun will shoot a feature project titled Gris-gris this fall, according to a Cineuropa Cannes report; no word on story/synopsis, and a Google search returned nothing, but it's on my watch-list for future developments.

What I can tell you is that the term "Gris-gris" refers to an amulet that is believed to protect the wearer from evil or brings luck. So that's a start I guess.

Might this be a 4th film in a *franchise* of past father-son themed films Saleh-Haroun has made in the last decade, set in Chad (Abouna (2002), Daratt (2006), A Screaming Man (2010)?

The project will be produced by France (Pili Films), Belgium (Entre chien et Loup), and Chad.

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2 Comments

  • Laura | May 21, 2012 7:19 PMReply

    Is "gris-gris" a universal term (Black people world wide)? I thought it was a southern term. I heard people from my grandparents generation (south carolina and virginia) use it all the time when I was a kid. Learn something new each day.

  • Neziah | May 21, 2012 5:44 PMReply

    Yes!

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