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Spring Grant 2011 - Production Stage
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Damien Ounouri / Feature Documentary / Algeria, France, China, Germany, United Kingdom, Qatar / 2012 / 90 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Documentary, History, Social Issues, War, Based on a True Story


During the war in Algeria, El Hadi, the great uncle of filmmaker Damien Ounouri joined his sister in France and became an active member of a secret National Liberation Front (FLN) armed group. Attempted murder, hiding, imprisonment and finally deportation back to Algeria in 1962, his personal journey tells the whole story. Now sixty-nine years old, the film marks the first time El Hadi has revealed this dark chapter of his past.


Damien Ounouri
Damien Ounouri
Mathieu Mullier-Griffiths, Alexandre Singer

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.

Awards and Festival History


Vienna International Film Festival 2012, in International Competition (Austria)
Dok Leipzig 2012, in International Competition Documentary Film Cateogry (Germany)
Toronto International Film Festival 2012 (Canada)
Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012, in the


Received Best Documentary Feature Filmmaker - Special Mention at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2012 (Qatar)
Won the Best Film Award, at the Latin Arab International Film Festival 2012 (Argentina)


  • Main Contact

    Mathieu Mullier-Griffiths

    Kafard Films
    +33 603 576 588

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