Directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Chad/France | 2013 | 101 min.
Saturday, March 29 | 6:00pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
5000 Forbes Avenue
Chad's 2014 Oscar Entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Award
Event Includes: Special dance performance from Nego Gato, Afro-Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble, and a reception
Co-sponsored by: the African Business Collective at CMU's Tepper School of Business, Sembéne Film Festival, and the Center for Africanamerican Urban Studies & the Economy (CAUSE)
"GriGris is a socially conscious morality play...stretching back through the Dardennes and Ken Loach to the Italian neorealist movement." —The Hollywood Reporter
GriGris tells a gripping story of integrity and human predicament. In a Chadian town, Soulémane "GriGris" is a one-of-a-kind dancer who becomes entangled in criminal work: his stepfather is ill, money is scarce, and his family's photography studio is suffering at the hands of an increasingly digitized world. Such quandaries, however, do not prevent GriGris from showing off astonishingly unique dance moves at a local nightclub--a rare condition enables flexibility and resilience like no other performer. GriGris is a suspenseful, heartfelt, and inspiring film from Chad's most accomplished filmmaker; it is a compelling noir drama, a critical new component to contemporary African cinema.