Haramuya (1995)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - France   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Sandra Brennan

The problems of a modern African city, Ouagadougou, the capitol of Burkina Faso, are chronicled in this socially conscious French-Burkina Faso drama. The story centers on a devout Muslim, Faco, who tries to run his two-wife household in the traditional way. The trouble begins when his ambitious younger son, Kalifa lapses and gets involved with his older brother's hoodlum friends. Kalifa then gives them his money and soon loses his job. The city has a curfew at night and only those with a highly-prized identity card are allowed out. Police rigorously patrol the streets in search of whores and people without cards. One homeless, unemployed man, Oussou, decides to earn the card by becoming a stoolie for the cops, and snitches on Kalifa's older brother, precipitating a police raid of Faco's home that results in their finding a cache of illegal drugs. Faco and the older son are both stripped naked and thrown in jail. Suddenly Faco finds himself brutalized and humiliated by his Muslim brothers. Meanwhile, the dark-skinned daughter of a white storekeeper, with a lust for black hookers, sets off to find her real mother.



poverty, against-all-odds, curfew, drugs, family, gangster, humiliation, informer, oppression, police, prison, son, survivor, torture