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Films From Algeria

ADHEN (Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, 2008)
A gentle comedy at the crossroads of manual labour and religious belief. ... On the outskirts of Paris, Algerian and French cultures clash in a bleak industrial zone, where stacks of pallets are prep… Read more

ALEXANDRIA . . . WHY? (Youssef Chahine, 1978)
The story of Alexandria. . . Why? begins in 1942, at a time when Egypt found itself in a tense and highly precarious situation The Egyptians are hostile to the occupying British forces, Rommel's army… Read more

BARAKAT! (Djamila Sahraoui, 2006)
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… Read more

DUST OF LIFE (Richard Bouchareb, 1994)
... ... Dust of Life begins where many accounts of Vietnam end-after the fall of Saigon. In 1975 when the Communist army defeated the South Vietnamese forces, American soldiers made a quick exit leav… Read more

INDIGENES (Rachid Bouchareb, 2006)
A multiple award-winner, including two wins at Cannes and a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Indig√®nes pays its dues to the forgotten soldiers of World War II, the N… Read more

LES OLIVIERS DE LA JUSTICE (James Blue, 1962)
The Olive Trees of Justice was made min Algeria by a young American, James Blue, who has lived in Bab-el-Oued for the past two years. Set in Algiers during what are tactfully called "les evenements",… Read more

LITTLE SENEGAL (Rachid Bouchareb, 2000)
In Little Senegal, French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb, finds simple, human terms to explore the dark legacy of violence and broken families created by American slavery. The film traces the his… Read more

OMAR GATLATO (Merzak Allouache, 1977)
Omar Gatlato is an Algerian who works in a government office and dreams of sexual conquests. A romantic, he fancies himself as a ladies' man, but never moves outside the circle of his own mates, and … Read more

RAMPARTS OF CLAY (Jean-Louis Bertuccelli, 1969)
An excerpt from Franz Fanon's "Wretched of the Earth"' introduces the French-Algerian production Ramparts of Clay, a study of a period of change between fading traditions and economic and social deve… Read more

TAKE THE MONEY AND BEAT IT (Mahmoud Zemmouri, 1981)
The film tells the story of an Algerian immigrant family that decides to return to Algeria after the promulgation of a new law offering 10,000 francs to immigrants who agree to return to their countr… Read more

THE CITADEL (Mohamed Chouikh, 1988)
... ... In the rugged little Algerian village of El Kalaa, life is divided into male and female society. The men have as many wives as they can afford; the women have as many babies as they can, and … Read more

The Sheep Thief (Asif Kapadia, 1997)
Tashan, a young street kid, is caught stealing a sheep. He is branded, cast out and left for dead in the desert. He covers up his mark and is taken in by a family who give him food and a roof over hi… Read more

YELLOW HOUSE, THE (Amor Hakkar, 2007)
One man's efforts to repair his broken family with yellow paint and electricity. ... In the harsh landscape of Algeria, a poor Berber farming family is stunned by news of their son's death, who was k… Read more

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