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MAHAMAT-SALEH HAROUN, Chad

Synopsis​

Kellou, in her forties, lives in Bol, the capital of Sahel’s province. She’s a fisher, profession transmitted from mother to daughter. She learned it from her mother. But since a few years, Lake Tchad has been shrinking, and fish has become rare. Kellou’s job is threatened. One day, after an un- successful catch, her 12 year old daughter Mouna gives her an idea: pick up plastic bags invading the lake and make ropes out of it to sell them on the market. By this simple gesture, Kellou gets to, in her own way, fight against plastic pollution and adapt to the new conditions brought about by climate change.

Biography

Born in Abéché, Chad, in 1961. He moved to France where he studied film and worked as a journalist. In 1999, he directed « Bye-Bye Africa», winning the Best Debut Film Prize in Venice. In 2006, he was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Venice International Film Festival for « Dry Season », while the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) in New York presented a retrospective exhibition of his work. In 2010, « A Screaming Man » picked up the Jury Prize in Cannes. That same year, Haroun received the Robert Bresson Award at the Venice Film Festival, as well as the Humanity Prize at the 34th Mostra in São Paulo, Brazil. He also received the UNESCO Fellini Medal 2013.