Tea in the Sahel

Director: Mahamat Saleh Haroun
Countries: Chad
Year: 1998
Running Time: 8 min.
Language: Chadian Arabic

A young man returns home where he lives with his parents. Thinking he is alone, he pours whiskey in a teapot to savor his moment without incurring the wrath of his Muslim family. His father comes in and, seeing the teapot, requests a cup. At first surprised by its taste, he seems however to particularly appreciate this variety of tea and drinks several cups. In an advanced state of intoxication, he confides in his son in a way he never has before.

About the Director

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Biography: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in Chad in 1963. He studied film at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma in Paris, and went on to study journalism at Bordeaux I.U.T. (Technical Institute). He worked for several years in the press and radio before directing his first film, Maral tanié. He was able to make the film thanks to support from Burkinabe filmmakers of his generation. Bye Bye, Africa received a jury mention at the Venice Film Festival, 1999.

Haroun’s second feature, Abouna, won best cinematography award at FESPACO, while his third, Daratt, won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival. The 2010 feature film A Screaming Man won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, making Haroun the first Chadian director to enter, as well as win, an award in the main Cannes competition.

In April 2011, it was announced that he would be a member of the jury for the main competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His 2013 film Grigris was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

He has been named as one of the jury members for the Cinéfondation and short film sections of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
Through African Eyes – Dialogues with the Directors, BONETTI Mahen and REDDY Prerana (Editors), 2003, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.88)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Maral tanié (1996, 2007);
Goï-Goï: The Dwarf (2007);
Tea in the Sahel (2000, 2007);
Bye Bye, Africa (2000, 2007);
Abouna [Our Father] (2007);
Sex, Okra and Salted Butter [Sexe, gombo et beurre salé] (2009, 2010);
A Screaming Man [Un homme qui crie] (2011);
Grisgris (2014).

Filmography:
Tan koul (1991);
Maral tanié (1994);
Sotigui Kouyaté, a modern griot (1995);
Goï-Goï: The Dwarf (1995);
Bord’Africa (1995);
B 400 (1997);
Tea in the Sahel (1998);
Bye Bye, Africa (1998);
Letter from New York (2001);
Abouna [Our Father] (2002);
Scenarios from Africa: African Solidarity (2004);
Scenarios from Africa: The Tree and the Wind (2004);
Kalala (2005);
Daratt [Dry Season] (2006);
Sex, Okra and Salted Butter [Sexe, gombo et beurre salé] (2008);
Expectations (2008);
A Screaming Man [Un homme qui crie] (2010);
Grisgris (2013).