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RACHIDA

Director: Yamina Bachir-Chouikh
Algeria   |   2002   |   100 minutes
Arabic and French, with subtitles in English
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$24.95

FILM INFORMATION

Algeria’s official submission to the 2002 Academy Awards

Synopsis The first-full length feature film bu Yaminda Bachir-Choikh evokes memories of the worst atrocities of the terror in Algeria. The forces of violence and ignorance erode but don't conquer decency and enlightenment in Rachida, the story of a vivacious young schoolteacher who refuses to buckle under intimidation, despite her anguish at living under the constant threat of terror in unexpected places. The film also highlights the corruption of an education system that has become the breeding ground of a culture of hatred.

About the director Yamina Bachir-Chouikh was born in 1954 in Algiers, and entered the film industry as an editor and scriptwriter. Her feature debut is Rachida.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

Click here for Non-Theatrical & Exhibition screening information

Featured in the Global Lens 2004 film series.



CAST

Ibtissem Djouadi
Bahira Rachedi
Hamid Ramas
Rachida Messaouden
Abdelkader Belmokadem
Aida Kechoud
Amel Chouikh

CREW

Director - Yamina Bachir-Chouikh
Screenwriter - Yamina Bachir-Chouikh
Cinematographer - Mustapha Belmihoub
Editor - Yamina Bachir-Chouikh
Music - Anne-Olga de Pass
Producer - Thierry Lenouvel
REVIEWS

"An Urgent attack on wanton Islamic terrorism in Algeria." - Boston Phoenix

"A spare and moving tale." - Village Voice

"Remarkable debut feature Ibtissem Djouadi is radiant" - San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Powerful in its sincerity and passion." Los Angeles Times

"Appealing, Genuine, Courageous!" - Variety

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2002
Audience Award, Best Feature Film; Golden Unicorn, Best Feature Film, AMIENS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Satyajit Ray Award, LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
Cinema of the South Award, MARRAKECH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best First Feature, MEXICO CITY INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY FILM FESTIVAL
Golden Bayard, Best Film, NAMUR INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FRENCH-SPEAKING FILM

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