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Chad: ‘More than 250 rebels’ captured in convoy raid

Chad’s military said on Saturday that it had captured more than 250 rebels during an operation against militants crossing from Libya. A statement said that the large number included “four leaders” who had been detained. They said 40 of the rebels’ vehicles had been destroyed and hundreds of weapons had been seized. France, which provides military support to Chad, used warplanes this week to attack the convoy in the Ennedi region. It announced on Thursday that it had attacked the stream of vehicles several times this week in conjunction with Chad’s armed forces. The militants had managed to cross hundreds of kilometres into the country before being halted, AFP news agency reports. Intelligence sources who spoke to Reuters news agency said only 100 militants had been captured. Chad country profile The incursion is the latest in a series of threats against the rule of President Idriss Déby. French troops are currently deployed in Chad as part of Operation Barkhane – an ongoing coalition effort in Africa’s Sahel region to fight jihadist insurgents. France ruled Chad as a colony from 1900 until it gained independence in 1960 and it has supported President Déby before. Read more on BBC Africa

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The disidentification of Mahamat Saleh Haroun

2019 marks the twentieth anniversary of Chad’s first feature film, ‘Bye Bye Africa.’ It is a blessing and a curse to bear the title of a country’s “first feature film.” As we saw in the past decade with Haifa Al-Mansour’s Wadjda from Saudi Arabia, a country’s first feature can generate attention and momentum to inspire a future generation of filmmakers. In 1999, Mahamat Saleh Haroun’s Bye Bye Africa debuted as the first feature film from the country of Chad. The film is to an extent autobiographical, enlisting techniques of both fiction and nonfiction filmmaking to tell the story of an exiled filmmaker returning to Chad to make a movie, identical in many ways to Haroun’s own journey. The film was a runner-up for Best First Film at the Venice Film Festival and launched Haroun onto a string of feature-length dramas set in Chad: Abouna, Daratt, A Screaming Man, and Grisgris. Despite its richness in philosophy, buttressed by Haroun’s careful dialogue as well as his deliberate alternation between Arabic and French, the film has been remembered as simply Chad’s first feature film, the one that helped launched Haroun’s career. Yet if one digs deeper than the surface-level film reviews, they may expose Haroun’s very personal statements of cultural disidentification throughout Bye Bye Africa as […]

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