A Screaming Man

04 Aug 2013


International Cinema Sunday

The title figure in “A Screaming Man” never screams or shouts. He rarely raises his voice above the pleasantly conversational and sometimes hardly speaks at all, though his silences can be telling. He works as a pool man in a modest hotel in Chad, where, during the day, he watches over splashing children and lazily sunbathing adults and not much else. Come dusk, he gathers together the wet towels that have been discarded on the chaises and cordons off the pool. His employer calls him by his given name, Adam (played by Youssouf Djaoro, a tall and cool drink of water), but everyone else calls him Champ, a title reflecting a past glory that he wears as proudly as his dazzlingly white uniform. “A Screaming Man” is a quiet, tender, finally wrenching story of an individual at the intersection of the personal and the political. It’s a modest film, if only in scale and apparent budget, about some of the greatest questions in life, like the existence of God, our capacity to see beyond our own vanity and the legacies of fathers, both blood and state. — Manohla Dargis. Taken from the New York Times, http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/460246/A-Screaming-Man/overview

Event Date: 
Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 8:00am to 10:00am
Sponsored By: 
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Library, Main Library, Classroom A, 4400 Forbes Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15213