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DAUGHTER OF KELTOUM (La Fille de Keltoum)

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DAUGHTER OF KELTOUM (La Fille de Keltoum)

Director: Mehdi Charef
Algeria   |   2001   |   106 minutes
Arabic and French, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis A young woman, Rallia, raised in Switzerland, travels to an isolated and barren Berber settlement located in the rocky Atlas Mountains of Algeria. Rallia's journey is one of multi-tiered discovery in terms of her relationship to her extended family, traditional Berber culture, and her desperate need to locate her biological mother. Through her eyes, the viewer is immersed in a world virtually untouched by contemporary society, one that still clings to tribal mores and strict religious codes of conduct. Mehdi Charef skillfully captures the windswept vistas of a faraway mountain range with wide camera angles that frame the harsh environs and the desperate daily search for water, the responsibility of the resilient women of the Berber tribe.

About the Director Mehdi Charef was born in 1952 in Maghnia, Algeria, where he lived until his family left in the early 1960s to live in France, where he was trained as a mechanic and worked in a factory. In 1983, his first novel Le Thé au Harem d'Archimíde ("Tea in the Harem") was published. The book was soon optioned by filmmaker Constantin Costa-Gavras and made into a film, winning a Cesar, the Jean Vigo and SOS Racisme prizes, the Silver Hugo in Chicago, and the Special Jury Prize at the Madrid International Film Festival. Charef's films, La Maison d'Alexina (1999) and Pigeon vole (1996), were adapted from his novels of the same name. Medhi Charef currently lives in France and continues his work as a novelist and filmmaker.

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

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Featured in the Global Lens 2005 film series.




CAST

Rallia - Cylia Malki
Nedjma - Baya Bellal
Keltoum - Deborah Lamy
The Grandfather - Brahim Ben Salah
Repudiated Woman - Fatma Ben Saidene
Djibril - Jean-Roger Milo
Chauffeur Bus 1 - Souad Mostefa Zerguine
Routier - Habib Zrafi
Chauffeur Bus 2 - Lofti Yahya

CREW

Director - Mehdi Charef
Executive Producer - Fabienne Servan-Schreiber
Co-Producers - Ahmed baha Attia, Rosanne Van Haesebrouk
Writer - Mehdi Charef
Cinematographer - Alain Levent
Music - Bernardo Sandoval
Editor - Kenout Peltier
REVIEWS

"A dream-like fusion of what paul Bowles described as the 'actual desert and the inner desert of the spirit'" -City Pages (Minneapolis)

"Mehdi Charef achieves a dark and poetic testimony to his roots." -Boston French Film Festival

"In addition to the film's considerable emotional core, it also offers insights on the plight of Algerian women." -Patriot Ledger (Boston)

"Handsome photography. Solid performances." -Variety

"Exotic!" -Village Voice

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2003
SIGNIS Jury Award, MILAN AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL

2002
Kodak Award, MONS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LOVE FILMS
Official Selection, KARLOVY VARY FILM FESTIVAL

2001
Official Selection, TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL

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