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Tranquil, violent, intimate and objective, DARESALAM is a powerful film of resonant depth that "brilliantly weaves memory, hope and despair" (San Francisco Weekly) into "a poignant essay on civil war" (LA Weekly). In his "spectacularly photographed" (SF Weekly) feature debut, writer and director Issa Serge Coelo contrasts the simple cycles of African life with the complex issues underneath his native Chad's unending civil revolt. In a small Central African village, boyhood friends Djimi and Koni have come of age under a post-colonial government that levies crippling taxes and legally robs local farmers of their meager crops. When impulsive Koni savagely attacks a visiting government official, the resulting massacre forces the two friends on a journey that will transform them from boys into men, from farmers into soldiers and from villagers into revolutionaries. "We fight in one world so we can live in another," declares Koni as the two battle shoulder to shoulder against government troops. But while Koni embraces the politics and carnage of their dangerous new guerilla existence, Djimi longs for the simplicity and grace of the village life they've left behind. As the rebels move closer to victory, the two friends move closer to a clash of their own.

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