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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Amongst Friend And Neighbours

During the worst years of Islamic terrorism in Algeria, Rachida teaches in a popular neighbourhood of Algiers, going to work without the veil imposed by the fundamentalists. One morning, heading for the school, she is kidnapped by a group of extremists, among whom is one of her former students. They instruct her to plant a bomb in the school, but she refuses. Furious, the leader of the gang shoots her in the stomach, running off and leaving her to bleed to death. Miraculously, Rachida survives, deciding to leave Algiers and seek refuge in the village of her colleague Yasmina, who lends her a house. She moves in with her mother, also in disgrace because of her divorce. Finding a job as a teacher, Rachida grows close to Karima, one of her students, not realizing that the girl's father is an Islamic terrorist.
Algiers, 1954. She entered the Centre National du Cinéma Algérien in 1973, specializing in editing and has been collaborating for almost thirty years with moviemakers including Merzak Allouache, Ahmed Rachedi, Mohamed Lakhdar-Hamina or Mohamed Chouikh. She made her directorial debut with Rachida in 2002.
Yamina Bachir Chouikh
Yamina Bachir Chouikh
Mustafa Ben Mihoub
Yamina Bachir Chouikh
Anne-Olga De Pass
Ibtissem Djouadi, Bahia Rachedi, Hamid Ramas, Abdelkader Belmokadem
Running Time
97 m.
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