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Fidai (Fidaï)

Arab Feature Film Competition - Doha Tribecca Film Festival 2012

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Damien Ounouri / Feature Documentary / Algeria, France, United Kingdom, Kuwait, China, Qatar, Germany / 2012 / 83 min / Colour and B&W / DCP / In Arabic, French / Arabic, English subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


In Arabic, ‘fidaï’ means ‘one who dedicates his life to a cause’. This documentary looks at one such selfless fighter, whose actions during the Algerian War helped throw off more than a century of colonial rule. Now 70, director Damien Ounouri’s great-uncle El Hadi was a warrior in Algeria’s National Liberation Front. Here, he remembers some of his own acts of armed resistance during the bloody revolution, bringing a humble and human dimension to events that contributed to this most important and inspiring war of decolonisation. A gift of thanks to all the unknown fighters of a revolution whose impact continues to inform contemporary Algerian society, El Hadi’s recounting of his experiences also brings to light previously unknown facts about the war. Fifty years after Algeria’s emancipation from oppressive French rule, this personal record of resistance helps ensure that this significant phase of Algerian history will not be forgotten.

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About the Director

Born in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Damien Ounouri is a graduate of the Sorbonne and currently conducts cinema workshops for children and teenagers in both France and Algeria. He has made the short documentaries ‘Changping Sonata’ (2007) and ‘Away From Nedjma’ (2009), and the feature-length documentary ‘Xiao Jia Going Home’ (2008), about Chinese director Jia Zhang-ke, which screened at a dozen festivals.


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