Ajyal Film Festival 2020

All Films

Smuggler's Songs (Les Chants de Mandrin)

Arab Feature Competition

Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche / Feature Narrative / Algeria, France / 2011 / 97 min / Colour / HDCAM
In French / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: History, Period Piece
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.


  • Thu, Oct 27, 09:30 PM, ()
    Tickets sales closed
  • Fri, Oct 28, 07:45 PM, ()
    Tickets sales closed


After the execution of Louis Mandrin, a famous mid-18th century folk hero, his companions risk a smuggling campaign in the French provinces. Under the protection of heavily armed comrades, they set up illegal markets outside rural villages,
where they sell tobacco, fabrics
and precious goods. They write
songs in Mandrin’s honour, printing and distributing them to the King’s lowliest subjects.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

“Smuggler’s Songs” is the fourth film by Franco-Algerian actor / director Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche. Born in 1966 in Algeria he moved to France in 1968 and after studying humanities, founded Sarrazink Productions in 1999. His multi-award winning films include “Wesh Wesh, What’s Going On?” (2002), “Back Home” (2006) and “Adhen” (2008) which screened in the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes 2008.


Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche
Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche
Sarah Sobol
Nicolas Baucilhon
Mathilde Henrot
Valentin Clastrier
Irina Lubtchansky
Sales Company
Jacques Nolot, Christian Milia-Darmezin, Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche, Salim Ameur-Zaimeche, Kenji Levan, Abel Jafri

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