At the World Cinema Showcase, a revenge film of forgiveness. By CALEB STARRENBURG.

A THOUGHT-provoking parable of forgiveness and reconciliation, Dry Season (Daratt) examines the aftermath of Chad’s decades long civil war. As the film opens, a radio broadcast announces an amnesty for war criminals. The grandfather of 16-year-old Atim (Ali Bacha Barkaï) responds to the news by ordering Atim to avenge his father’s murder. Arriving in Chad’s capital with a handgun, Atim soon discovers his father’s killer Nassara (Youssouf Djaoro) is a sickly bakery owner with a young wife. Inexplicably accepting a job with Nassara, the young Atim realises he is drawn to the man, even as he continues to plan his revenge. Filmed on dusty streets of Chad, the third feature by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s (Bye Bye Africa, Abouna), Dry Season is notable for its visual and storytelling simplicity. Essentially a two-character drama, subtle and searing performances by Barkaï and Djaoro ensure the ethical sand between the two constantly shifts. Right up until its sudden and unexpected conclusion, Dry Season offers no simple answers to its complex moral questions – asking us instead to consider the cost of justice.