by Jim Ridley
Tonight's featured presentation at the International Black Film Festival of Nashville is the U.S. premiere of native Chad filmmaker Mahamet-Saleh Haroun's Cannes prize-winner A Screaming Man, screening 6:45 p.m. at Vanderbilt's Sarratt Cinema. From Ron Wynn's overview in last week's Scene:
Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes this year, the fourth film from Paris-based, Chad-born Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Daratt) continues his cinematic probe of the way civil war has hit various African nations. This time he returns to his native land, with Youssouf Djaro portraying a former Central African swimming champion now resigned to a dull existence as a hotel lifeguard. To secure his position, he elects to make a terrible offering to the civil war raging outside. A major coup for the festival — it makes its U.S. premiere in Nashville just weeks after its high-profile berth in Toronto — the French/Arabic-language film offers IBFF audiences a rare glimpse of current events in a nation that's seldom shown on the nightly news.