A Taxi for Aouzou / Un Taxi Pour Aouzou

Director: Issa Serge Coelo
Country: Chad
Year: 1994
Running Time: 22 min.
Language: Chadian Arabic

In this wonderful hybrid of fiction and documentary, we become the close companions of Ali Baba Nour, a Chadian cab driver who explains his hopes and dreams, his challenges in a difficult and often violent society, and his optimism for the baby he and his wife are expecting. In this urban poem, we are treated to the color and movement of Ali Baba Nour’s city. It is a generous postcard that one might send to a friend, telling of an unforgettable acquaintance and place.

About the Director

Issa Serge Coelo

issa_serge_coeloBiography: Issa Serge Coelo was born in 1967 in Chad. He studied history in Paris and film at the Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle (ESRA) as a film director. Issa Serge Coelo started working as a cameraman for French TV channels M6, France 3, TV5 and CFI before working as a director on Un taxi pour Aouzou which won awards in many festivals and was nominated at the Césars (the French Oscars) in 1997. Coelo made his first feature film, Daresalam, in 2000.

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Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Un taxi pour Aouzou [A Taxi for Aouzou] (1996);
Daresalam (2001, 2002).

Filmography:
Clip-clap (Date unknown);
Un taxi pour Aouzou [A Taxi for Aouzou] (1994);
Dans les sables de Bourème (1995);
L’Auberge du Sahel (1998);
Kaya Man (1999);
Daresalam (2000);
Maiguida (2003);
Prie Dieu pour ne pas être riche parmi les pauvres (2006);
Tartina City [N’djamena City] (2007).