“Abouna” (the name of the father) tells the story of the two brothers Amine and Tahir, eight and fifteen years old. When their father suddenly disappears, the two boys start misbehaving by skipping school and spending their time at the movies instead. One day, they spot a man on the big screen that they are convinced is their father. When they steal the reels in a desperate attempt to hold on to his memory, they get arrested by the police. Having had enough of her delinquent miserable sons, their mother decides to send them to a Koranic school.
Men abandoning their family are a widespread phenomenon in Chad, where their abandoned wives are forced to shoulder the role of sole provider and authority.
Despite the difficulties the boys have to endure, the boys are determined to overcome them and to be happy again. Their quest is silently and beautifully portrayed by one of Africa’s most talented directors of photography, Abraham Haile, who won the award for best cinematography at Fespaco 2003.