Life and Death in the 90s: Insightful and affecting award-winning Algerian shorts

Life and Death in the 90s: Insightful and affecting award-winning Algerian shorts

Mon 3 Nov| 18:00| Hackney Picturehouse

“Life and death in the 90s”: insightful and affecting award-winning shorts.

Tomorrow, Algiers? (Demain, Alger?)  UK PREMIERE
Dir. Amin Sidi-Boumediène
Algeria. 2011. 20min. Colour. Arabic, French with English subtitles.

Three disaffected youths hang out in their neighbourhood. They are discussing their best friend’s imminent trip abroad as well as a curious event due to take place the next day: no one anticipates that it will herald a turning point in Algeria’s contemporary history.

+ We Will Not Die (On ne mourra pas) UK PREMIERE

Dir. Amal Kateb

France, 2010. 21min. Colour. Arabic, French with English subtitles.

Friday’s prayer, Algeria 1994. Journalist Salim is returning to his hometown of Oran after an assignment in Kaboul. He joins his lover Houria who has anxiously been awaiting his return in a hideout. To celebrate their reunion, Salim pulls out a bottle of wine brought back from Afghanistan. The trouble is, Houria doesn’t have a corkscrew.

+ The Days Before (Les Jours d’Avant) UK PREMIERE

Dir. Karim Moussaoui

France/Algeria. 2013. 47min. Colour. Arabic with English subtitles.

Young Djaber and Yamina are neighbours in a housing estate near Algiers in the mid-1990s. Meeting the opposite sex is riddled with so many difficulties, they have almost stopped believing it possible. However, what had previously been only a muffled and distant violence erupts at their doorstep, changing their lives forever.

Followed by a Q&A with director Karim Moussaoui (TBC).

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