Film screening as part of the Arab Film Festival 2008
Director: Nadir Moknèche
(Algeria, 2008, 134 minutes)
Need a building permit? Feeling lonely tonight? Call the national benefactress, Madame Aldjeria (Biyouna). She’ll have the answer. When it comes to surviving in today’s Algeria, no scam is too daunting for the woman who has adopted her country’s name. If they’re pretty and are lacking principles, her young female recruits can make a career for themselves. The latest of her disciples, the lovely Paloma, is quite a hit, especially with Riyad, Madame Aldjeria’s son. But the purchase of Caracalla Springs, the dream that should allow Aldjeria’s clan to start a new life, proves to be one scam too many. Brimming with color and lusciousness, this is an utterly juicy portrait of Algiers’ scheming underbelly.
Director: Malik Amara
(Tunisia, 2008, 19 minutes)
Inspired by Tunisian folklore and myth, this black comedy chronicles the deaths of an unsympathetic fisherman.
This screening is part of the Arab Film Festival. For details on the festival, please visit www.aff.org
Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, Arab Film Festival, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Los Angeles Film and TV Office of the French Embassy, Tunisian Community Center, The Tunisian Embassy
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