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Inner States: Allah Tantou (God’s Will) (15*)

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A man sat against a wall holding a book

A lost gem of first- person filmmaking, this exquisite film explores the story of UN ambassador to Guinea, Marof Achkar, who was recalled, charged with treason and disappeared in 1968.

Years after the fact, Achkar’s family discovered he has been executed back in 1971. David Achkar, director of this film, wrote that "I knew my father was a hero, but I wanted to know what that meant."

Thus, the filmic journey begins, with David’s exploration of his father’s state of mind when imprisoned in the infamous Camp Boiro concentration camp. Marof left a remarkable diary that gives insight into the experience of being unjustly stripped of status, identity, purpose and family.

In David’s effort to imagine his father’s experience, he stages haunting re-enactments of the time in prison, accompanied by the father’s own words. A poignant and poetic account by a son who endeavours to recreate the father’s experience, in order to better understand what he went through, and who he was.

1991 France/Guinea Dir David Achkar 62 min

French with English subtitles

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