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Port Djema (1997)

Because he wants to keep a promise made to his friend, the physician Antoine Barasse, murdered in Port Djema, former territory of the French Empire in East Africa, Pierre Feldman, surgeon, ... See full summary »

Director:

Éric Heumann (as Eric Heumann)

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Éric Heumann (scenario) (as Eric Heumann), Jacques Lebas (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Yves Dubois ... Pierre Feldman
Nathalie Boutefeu ... Alice
Christophe Odent ... Jérôme Delbos
Edouard Montoute ... Ousman
Claire Wauthion ... Soeur Marie-Françoise
Frédéric Pierrot ... Antoine Barasse
Frédéric Andréi
Franco Sardella Franco Sardella
Zeraï Haile Zeraï Haile
Tekle Yordanos
Philippe Lehembre
Tseggaï Habte Tseggaï Habte
Ambelit Behre Ambelit Behre
Matusala Te Wolde Matusala Te Wolde
Daniel Fesshaye Daniel Fesshaye
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Storyline

Because he wants to keep a promise made to his friend, the physician Antoine Barasse, murdered in Port Djema, former territory of the French Empire in East Africa, Pierre Feldman, surgeon, shares in the footsteps of the disappeared. Antoine had chosen the camp of rebellion, supporting Assad nomads fighting against the power in place. Despite the warnings, Peter goes to Antoine's dispensary. He discovers a bruised and violent Africa and especially the reverse of a humanitarian commitment. Written by Eric Heuman

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Country:

France | Italy | Greece

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 November 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Asmara, Eritrea See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$783, 3 January 1999

Gross USA:

$783

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$783
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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Port Djema Takes You to a Different World
4 January 2020 | by thehappyspacemanSee all my reviews

I watched a subtitled version of Port Djema on YouTube a few weeks ago and found it to be a thought-provoking and sympathy-inducing film. The plot moves slowly at first, but it allows the audience to get a feel for the mood it is trying to convey, and once it is set into motion, it really gets going and culminates in an unexpected ending. The acting and the script are good, but what really sells it is the soundtrack by Sanjay Mishra (for which he won the Lifetime Vision Award at the Steven Spielberg-chaired Hamptons International Film Festival) combined with the cinematography by Yorgos Arvanitis. I felt drawn deeper and deeper into the heat of the desert and the despair of the people suffering in Eritrea in the eyes of the French protagonist, an outsider. I highly recommend this film.


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