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The Last Queen (Akhir Malika)

Qumra Projects

/ Feature Narrative / Algeria, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia / 2022
In Arabic
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It is the year 1516. Algiers is a small Arabian-Berber republic, suffocated by the Spaniards, who have had control of the harbour for six years. King Salim Toumi allies with the pirate Aroudj Barberousse in order to free the city. After their victory, Salim is assassinated in his bathtub. Barberousse becomes the new ruler of Algiers, and is confronted with a rebellion. Both history and legend tell that Salim Toumi, the last King of Algiers, had a wife named Zaphira, and that Aroudj Barberousse desired her, famously saying "I will take his palace, and I will mount his horse and his wife."

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