With live pre-film music by local Algerian musician Moh Alileche
Sponsored by Cascade Associated Students of PCC
Taking place over a single day, paced by the five daily calls to prayer, the film tells five independent stories that intermingle and clash and are set on the rooftop terraces of five historic neighborhoods in Algiers, the capital city. Within this structure, Mr. Allouache presents a microcosm of Algerian society and casts a critical eye on important social issues such as class and gender inequality, poverty, corruption and the rise of religious fundamentalism. Whenever it’s needed, Mr. Allouache artfully uses humor to lighten his serious subject matter. Two of Mr. Allouache’s earlier films, the now-classic Bab el-Oued City and The Other World, showed at CFAF in 2000 and 2006, respectively.
(We regret that due to a health emergency Merzak Alluoache will no longer be able to join us for opening night; however we are thrilled to have OSU professor Nabil Boudraa, who is currently writing a book on the films of Merzak Allouache, join us for the the post film Q&A’s.)
In Arabic and French with English subtitles.
Not suitable for children.
All films are free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.