He also talks about the opening of a new film school in Chad, and his hopes for the future of African cinema and his encounters with Robert de Niro and Jude Law at the Cannes Film Festival.
When Mahamat Saleh Haroun left Chad as a young man in the 1980s the country was being torn apart by a brutal and seemingly endless civil war. Dictator Hissene Habre was accused of mass political killings, while the rule of military commander Idriss Deby, who took control in 1990, had been interspersed with violent and bloody sectarian skirmishes with rebel groups and Arab Janjaweed militia from Darfur.
Little wonder then that when growing up, Haroun’s first love – film – was seen as an irrelevance.
Watch a shorter interview and read an article about Haroun on The Guardian Online – click here