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Meriem Achour Bouakkaz / Feature Documentary / Algeria, Canada, Qatar / 2018 / 75 min

Synopsis

Surviving in Algeria is a constant challenge that leaves the nation’s population without hope. Self-immolation is all too common; those who survive must face not only physical and psychological suffering, but also the disapproving eye of communities who consider suicide a sin. To make matters worse, the Algerian state has criminalised immolation, so survivors must therefore face prosecution. ‘Immolations’ attempts to explain the inexplicable, to free the speech so that a debate is set up through means other than fire. In my eyes, this self-destructive act reveals what Algerians have become: frustrated, disjointed, far from their dreams and from what they could become. Algeria’s people live a deep malaise, a sort of fatality that is no longer questioned, which has now become integrated into the national personality. It seems the time has come to ask ourselves questions – all the questions. To try to grasp how we have arrived at this point.

Credits

Director
Meriem Achour Bouakkaz
Screenwriter
Meriem Achour Bouakkaz
Producer
Carmen Garcia

About the Director

Meriem Achour Bouakkaz graduated with a degree in Veterinary Medicine in Algeria. In 2007, she participated in a filmmaking workshop, after which her first film, ‘Harguine Harguine’ (2008) was selected for numerous festivals. In 2011, she completed filmmaking training in Montreal at the Institut national de l’image et du son, and directed the short films ‘Ashes of Our Soul’ (2012) and ‘Faceless Story’ (2012), which screened at several festivals. In 2014, she received a scholarship from the Quebec Arts Council to write a documentary about self-immolation in Algeria.

Production Company Profile

Argus Films produces documentary films that explore and question major social, political and cultural issues from a humanistic perspective. The company has broad experience in filming on all continents and in many languages; made up of a team of seasoned filmmakers and collaborators, it has won many nominations and awards for its productions.

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Carmen Garcia

    Company: 
    Argus Films
    Phone: 
    +15145237440
    Email: 
    cgarcia@argusfilms.ca

  • Production Company

    Argus Films

    Company: 
    Argus Films
    Phone: 
    +1 514 523-7440 / +1 514 893-0527
    Email: 
    cgarcia@argusfilms.ca

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