Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director

BARAKAT!

Algeria / France, 2006 (MIFF 2006, International Panorama)

Director: Djamila Sahraoui

BARAKAT!

Anchored by a pair of magnificently intense lead performances, Barakat! is a women's story set in a country wracked by violence.

Filmmaker Djamila Sahraoui takes us to an Algerian coastal village in the 1990s and introduces us to two women: Amel, a young emergency doctor, and the 60-something nurse Khadidja. Returning from the hospital one morning, Amel is devastated when she realises that her journalist husband Mourad has disappeared. She receives information on his whereabouts, the hilltop hideout of an underground Islamist group. She and Khadidja go to retrieve him. In the face of perilously risky circumstances, they steadfastly refuse to accept their predicament or submit to the gnarled grip of Algeria's turbulent past.

“In my film, from the beginning, I did not want to show imprisoned, subservient women, as one sees so often in Algerian films, nor unrealistic heroines who deny themselves in the name of history. I wanted to portray women who are in motion - and of course this motion influenced the film's form. They move forward despite all obstacles…” - Djamila Sahraoui

D/S Djamila Sahraoui P Richard Copans, Dora Boughoura S Cécile Vargaftig WS Wide Management L French, Arabic w/English subtitles
TD 35mm/2006/97mins

Djamila Sahraoui was born in Algeria in 1950. Her films include Algérie, la vie Quand Méme (1998, doco) and And The Tree Grows in Kabylie (2003).

See also...

SONHOS DE PEIXE

USA/Brazil/Russia, 2006
Sonhos de Peixe screened as part of International Critic's Week at Cannes Film Festival and won the Prix Regards Jeune. A village romance clashes with big city dreams in this engaging love story from… More »

SHOOTING DOGS

UK, 2006
A gripping and emotional story, Shooting Dogs brings into vivid focus two men's struggle for survival when caught up in one of the most brutal genocides of the 20th century, the 1994 Rwandan tragedy.… More »

COLOSSAL YOUTH

France/Portugal
“It's no exaggeration to say that Colossal Youth was the single most divisive film at Cannes in 2006.” - LA Weekly ... Mining material from his films Bones and In Vanda's Room, filmmaker Pedro Co… More »

AVIDA

France, 2006
The cinema of the absurd finds new champions in the form of directors Benoît Delépine and Gustave de Kervern. When a deaf-mute dog handler's employer falls victim to his own paranoia, the dog … More »

SUMMER 04

Germany, 2006
Sexual tension and an air of unease seep into every frame of this finely calibrated work from filmmaker Stefan Krohmer and his scriptwriting cohort, Daniel Nocke. There are seemingly no taboos in the… More »

© Melbourne International Film Festival 2013.

Site by MeccaMedialight. Powered by Textstem CMS.