Daratt is one of the seven films bearing themes of reconciliation and forgiveness directed by curator Simon Field on the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth. Atim, a 16 year-old boy, lost his father in the 40-year civil war in the Chad Republic. He currently lives with his grandfather in the country. When the government grants amnesty to all war criminals, Atim’s grandfather hands him his father’s gun, ordering him to avenge his father’s death. Atim goes to the city and soon finds his father’s murderer Nassara, but Nassara now runs a bakery and helps those in need of charity. Atim starts working in the bakery in hopes of finding a moment in which he can kill Nassara. However, Nassara’s charisma and his affection towards Atim move the fatherless boy’s heart. The man’s kindness causes Atim to hesitate in seeking his revenge. The director calmly and carefully depicts the emotional change of a boy who feels the presence of a father in his father’s murderer. The overwhelming emotions lead to a lasting peace when the search for revenge ends in reconciliation. With its simple narrative structure adapted from a children’s story and its reserved, detailed production, the film looks into the contemporary situation of the Chad Republic. Along with Abderrahmane Sissako’s Bamako, which severely criticizes the Western neo-liberalism at a street court in Mali, Daratt will be recognized as one of the most notable African films in 2006.
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