Documentaires

Raja Bent El Mellah

Najat Benssalem a girl who is carried across in a cinematic adventure with French director Jacques Doillon participating in his Raja movie bringing him the price of the most promising actress at the Venice Film Festival and Best Actress at the Marrakech Film Festival. Prices that would open the doors of happiness. But in reality this participation has opened the gates of hell in a society that considers his actresses as it shows on the screen.

Taste of cement

ZIAD KALTHOUM creates an essay documentary of Syrian construction workers building new skyscrapers in Beirut on the ruins caused by the Lebanese civil war. At the same time their own houses are being bombed in Syria. A Curfew prohibits them from leaving the construction site after work. Every night in their pit below the skyscraper the news from their homeland and the memories of the war chase them. Mute and imprisoned in the cement underground, they must endure until the new day arrives where the hammering and welding drowns out their nightmares.

Plot 35

First and foremost, Carré 35 (Plot 35), is the story of a secret, that of the death of Eric Caravaca's sister at the age of three. This sister, who people had barely spoken to him about and of whom no photographs had been kept. The producer decided to make a film that would look at this forgotten life. But he found himself faced with a real challenge: how could he do this with no pictures? How could he film an empty shape?

Hamlet In Palestine

Visiting Ramallah in 2012 to put on Hamlet and run a workshop for young Palestinian actors, the German stage director Thomas Ostermeier returns to the Jenin refugee camp, where his friend, Juliano Mer-Khamis, was assassinated in the street in 2011. Mixing temporalities and different types of images, the film interleaves encounters with those close to this charismatic director of the Freedom Theatre and excerpts from a documentary that he had made himself. 

Niñato

Niñato, in Spanish, means something like “the one who never grew up”. David (aka Niñato) is an unemployed father living at his parents in a small apartment in the suburbs of Madrid, but who has not given up his teenage dream of becoming a hip-hop star. David’s life sways between the beats of his rap and the rhythm imposed by his responsibilities

Chahine, cinema and Algeria

It all began in 1957, when the battle of Algeria broke out. At that time, Youssef Chahine discovered Algeria, its struggle and its revolutionary cause; which culminated in the 1958 film " El Djamila", a tribute to the Algerian revolution and the heroine: Jamila Bouhaird. More than 50 years after the film, a meeting with Youssef Chahine took place during his stay in Algeria in 2004. He talked about his dedication to the struggle for Arab cinema and his relationship with Algeria, especially his friends: Ahmed Rashdi, his artistic rival with Mohamed El-Akhdar Hamina.

Take care of yourself

Heckled by his family about his celibacy, the director embarks on a journey to meet Algerians and their loved ones. Through the faces and stories they tell, there is a bittersweet portrait of today's Algeria.

Of Sheep and Men

Algiers, 2016. Habib, 16, dreams of becoming a vet. Unable to study for his hoped-for profession, he has bought a sheep named El Bouq. His goal? Training the animal to become a fighting champion. Meanwhile, -42 year-old Samir no longer has any dreams and just wants to sell enough sheep before Eid to make ends meet.

Subscribe to Documentaires