A gritty glimpse of Dar’s dark side, Dar Noir plunges viewers into the world of a corrupt cop who finds redemption through a prostitute who helps him kick his heroin habit.
“This city will kill me,” declares the main character Daudi, a self described “no good junkie cop,” played by actor Hamadi Mwapachu who also produced and directed the film.
In a manner fitting the title, many of the scenes were filmed in the dark of night using hand-held cameras leaving viewers uneasy and peering into the shadows to understand what is happening.
Mwapachu says a common fight on the set of the dark comedy thriller was the lighting.
“I wanted it to be lit darker,” says Mwapachu of his first feature film.
“The whole thing was a challenge… most had never come across material like this and had never seen anything in this genre,” says Mwapachu, 39, who has spent over $14,000 USD (30 million TSH) and counting on his labour of love.
It’s not Hollywood: there are some rough cuts, poker-faced acting and at 1 hour 50 minutes it feels lengthy — but Mwapachu’s sheer effort is well worth supporting.
Dar Noir will be screened at Triniti at 19:00 on Tuesday, November 10, limited entry at the door costs 15,000 TSH. Sold out!
A second screening is planned for Tuesday, November 24.
Be prepared to peer into the shadows as you leave Triniti, wondering exactly what sort of city we live in.