Grigris

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

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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.

Awards


- Winner of the Vulcain Prize for the Technical Artist at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival (Antoine Héberlé)
- Nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

Director


Mahmat Saleh Haroun
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in N'Djamena, Chad in 1961, but has spent a large portion of his life in France. He is the director of Bye Bye Africa (1999), Abouna (2002), Daratt (2006), and A Screaming Man (2010), which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Haroun is the first Chadian filmmaker to enter and win an award at Cannes.

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