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Of Sheep and Men (Agnus Dei)

Qumra Projects

Karim Sayad / Feature Documentary / Algeria, Switzerland, Qatar / 2017 / 80 min / DCP2K
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Politics, Youth, Creative Documentary
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.

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Bab el Oued, Algiers, 2016. Men and sheep. Sixteen-year-old Habib dreams of becoming a veterinarian. He has not yet been able to study for his hoped-for profession, but he has bought a sheep named El Bouq. His hope? Training the animal to become a fighting champion. Meanwhile, 42-year-old Samir no longer has any dreams, other than to make enough money by selling sheep that he can survive the hardships of daily life. With the Eid celebration coming closer, Samir has a unique opportunity to maximise his profits, as everyone in the country will be buying sheep for slaughter. But for Habib, it’s another story… Will El Bouq become a champion ? Or will he face a more tragic destiny?

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Karim Sayad
Joëlle Bertossa
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Close Up Films


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