Segments in this Video

Home Videos (02:37)


See footage of a young boy with his family. David Achkar learned about his father from friends, family, and letters his father wrote from prison.

Africa's Clark Gable (02:28)

Achkar Marof went from hero to convict; he has spent 197 days in prison and still does not know the charges against him. See newspaper articles about events in Africa.

From Prison (03:15)

Marof secretly looks at a message. Hear a letter describing his youth while seeing footage of the village Coyah. Guards empty chamber pots. (Graphic language)

May 21, 1969 (03:59)

Marof believes there is a link between his transfer to cell 54 and the night's events. Hear his racing thoughts.

Anti-Apartheid Committee (01:42)

Marof addresses the U.N. Apartheid Committee. See archival footage of Apartheid consequences and the committee's arrival in Stockholm.

May 24, 1969 (01:47)

Marof lies on the cell floor. Guards have refused him food for several days; Marof is frightened.

Inhumane Treatment (03:58)

See footage of Marof's travels. In prison, Marof maintains a sense of time. He describes the humiliation that he endured and learning of the charges against him after seven months.

New Charges (02:30)

Marof faces financial mismanagement charges. Officials altered his statement; Marof did not understand what was driving the persecution. See home movies of a cocktail party.

Choreographed Statement (02:13)

Marof hears sounds of torture while being forced to make a recorded statement; he resents the script.

Marof's Time in Paris (02:20)

Marof reflects on the early years of his marriage and the birth of his children; see home movies and pictures.

Choreographed Statement: 1964 (02:00)

Marof makes a forced recorded statement about joining the CIA, laundering money, and using propaganda.

Blackmail (03:39)

Marof received better treatment after his statement. Marof asks for his Bible, paper, and a pencil. See footage of the Revolution Committee. Marof reflects on his ordeal.

Marof's Writing (01:58)

See a home movie of Marof in New York. In prison, Marof starts writing a book on diplomacy while recording his thoughts and feelings; see examples.

Political Thoughts (02:45)

Hear Marof's thoughts and ideas about African diplomacy.

Freedom Tables (02:54)

Marof reflects on his calculations for his release. He considers his health and feelings of depression.

Seeking Freedom and Self-Fulfillment (04:15)

Marof argues with a prison mate who refuses to eat. Marof considers becoming Christian and the freedom of his mind. See home movies of Marof's travels.

Prison Nights (02:05)

Marof finds nighttime the hardest. He reflects on the passage of time.

482 Days in Prison (03:14)

Marof sits on his cell floor and sews his pants. He reflects on his spirituality while listening to the guards talk. See home movies and various photographs.

510 Days in Prison (02:25)

Marof's condition is declining; he has difficulty reading and writing. Marof is finally allowed to see his wife.

Prison Favor (01:33)

Marof asks his guard to give his wife a package. He agrees because Marof once helped his family.

Prison Break and Recapture: November 22, 1970 (02:55)

Sekou Toure declared all detainees guilty and many were hanged. In 1971, Marof's family went into exile. In 1985, Marof's family receives his death certificate dating back to 1971- he was shot.

Credits: Allah Tantou (God's Will) (02:42)

Credits: Allah Tantou (God's Will)

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This is the first African film to confront the immense personal and political costs of the widespread human rights abuses on the continent. It follows filmmaker David Achkar's search for his father, his father's search for himself inside a Guinean prison and Africa's search for a new beginning amid the disillusionment of the post-independence era. One of the most courageous and controversial films of recent years, Allah Tantou speaks in an unabashedly personal voice not often heard in African cinema. With English subtitles.

Length: 60 minutes

Item#: BVL57851

Copyright date: ©1991

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