Deutsche Version

Shaihu Umar

Director: Adamu Halilu
Country: Nigeria
Year: 1976
Synopsis: SHAIHU UMAR, settled in northern Nigeria at the end of the 19th century, begins with a conversation between students of Islam and their respected teacher, Shaihu Umar. Asked about his origins because of his wisdom, he begins to tell his story. Coming from a humble background, Umar is separated from his mother after the death of his father and the banishment of his stepfather. On his subsequent ordeal, marked by slavery, he goes through several trials until he is adopted as a son by his Arab master Abdulkarim. He attends the Koran school and is appointed Iman as an adult. After a dream he decides to look for his mother. Adamu Halilu shot SHAIHU UMAR in Hausa in 1976. The film is based on the 1955 story of the same name by Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, which has been reprinted several times. Balewa was Prime Minister of Nigeria from 1957 to 1966. For a long time the film was considered lost. In 2016, negatives and film copies were rediscovered in the archive of the Nigerian Film Corporation and restored by the Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art with the support of the German Embassy in Abuja.
Language: Hausa
Forum participation year: 2018

Technical Attributes

Format: DCP
Rental status: to rent
Version: original language version with subtitles
Subtitle language: English
Resolution: 1479x1080
Size: 229 GiB
Container: DCP-Interop
Codec: JPEG2000, PCM
Running time (minutes): 142
Color: color
Sound: Mono
Aspect ratio: 1:1,37
Frames per second: 24