Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Chad

Biography

Born in Beche, Chad in 1960. Mahamat-Saleh HAROUN studied film in Paris and then journalism in Bordeaux. He worked for several years as a journalist before returning to filming. In 1994, he directed his first short film Maral Tanie. Five years later he signed his first feature film Bye Bye Africa which won 2 prizes at Venice Film Festival, including that of Best First Film. His second film, OUR FATHER, was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2002. Four years later, he was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival for DRY SEASON, while the MoMa (Museum of Modern Art) in New York devoted a retrospective exhibition to his work. In 2010, his fourth feature film, A SCREAMING MAN, received the Jury Prize in Cannes. That same year, he also received the prestigious Robert Bresson Award at the Venice Film Festival, as well as the Humanity Prize at the 34th Mostra in São Paolo, Brazil. In 2016, he presented his documentary HISSEIN HABRE, A CHADIAN TRAGEDY in a special screening at Cannes IFF.

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