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Papicha Unclassified 18+

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“A feminist portrait, Papicha seduces especially for its energy, its freshness and the charisma of its lead character.” – Cineuropa

Nedjma and her best friend Wassila are studying French at Algiers University. At night, they sneak out of their college dorm to go clubbing in fabulous outfits made by Nedjma, which she sells to other ‘papichas’ – pretty young girls. But it’s the 1990s, which would become known as Algeria’s ‘black decade’ for a violent civil war that led to religious fundamentalism. Moral pressure increases on the free-spirited Nedjma: from armed soldiers, black-robed strangers and finally, heartbreakingly, from her friends and family.

Disobeying a ban on Friday gatherings of women, Nedjma and her friends stage a fashion show based on the haik, the traditional Maghreb women’s robe. Respectful of history yet subversively optimistic, it’s the perfect metaphor for Mounia Meddour’s debut film, which was inspired by her own experiences as a student. Funny and joyous, even in its rage, Papicha celebrates the beauty and expressive solidarity of women’s clothes – so often the means by which society seeks to control women’s behaviour.

“Anger and pride simmer and crackle through … this feisty, unapologetic film.” – Screen Daily

Tickets

4121
Sat 03 Aug 6:45 pm [4121]
Papicha (105 mins)
Kino 2 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
1561
Sun 11 Aug 9:00 pm [1561]
Papicha (105 mins)
Forum Theatre Wheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Key Cast
Amira Hilda Douaouda, Lyna Khoudri, Meryem Medjkane, Nadia Kaci, Shirine Boutella, Yasin Houicha, Zahra Doumandji
Director
Mounia Meddour
Producers
Belkacem Hadjadj, Gregoire Gensollen, Patrick André, Xavier Gens
Screenwriters
Fadette Drouard, Mounia Meddour
Cinematographer
Léo Lefevre
Editor
Damien Keyeux
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Jour2fête

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