Year: 2013
Run Time: 101 minutes

GRIGRIS features the unconventional talents of first-time actor Souleymane Démé from Burkina Faso. A Central African “Saturday Night Fever”-style performer, Souleymane gets down on the floor in the village club at night with an astonishingly vigorous dance. Astonishing because the easygoing Souleymane, known by his nickname GriGris, has a withered leg and walks with a shocking limp. Director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun explores the upright character of this man, who works hard at many jobs to support his impoverished mother and ailing stepfather. So dedicated is he to providing for his family that he falls in with a band of gasoline smugglers, in what proves to be a very dangerous game. Will his love for the ravishing Mimi bring him down or lift him up? This unusual dance film/love story/thriller was shot in N'Djamena in Chad and features some great music from Senegalese composer Wasis Diop. (In French and Arabic with subtitles) —B.B.

CIFF38 Screenings

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Pan-African Images

Recommended for High School +

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Florence Stern

Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Antoine Heberle

Marie-Hélène Dozo

Principal Cast
Souleymane Démé, Anaïs Monory, Cyril Guei, Marius Yelolo, Hadjé Fatimé N'Goua

Director Bio
Writer-director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in Chad and has worked in France for years.

Select Filmography
"Abouna" (2002), "Kalala" (2006), "Daratt" (2006), "A Screaming Man" (2010)—35th CIFF, GRIGRIS (2013)

Print Source

Film Movement

Community Partner

Greater Cleveland Urban Film Festival

CIFF40 :: Save the Dates >

CIFF40 :: Save the Dates

CIFF40 will take place March 30 - April 10, 2016 at Tower City Cinemas and neighborhood screening locations!

Become A CIFF Member >

Become A CIFF Member

We have five different levels of membership to choose from, so find the one that best fits your film appetite!

Sign up for our email newsletter

  • facebook
  • twitter
  • instagram
  • youtube
  • flickr
  • foursquare
  • iphone
  • android