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Fall Grant 2015 - Production Stage
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Amine Hattou / Feature Documentary / Algeria, Germany, Qatar / 2017 / 85 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Social Issues, Immigration, Poetic Documentary


In Algeria in the mid-1980s, during a period of intense political and social unrest, the Bollywood film ‘Janitou’ became an unexpected overnight sensation throughout the country. It tells the timeless story of young lovers torn apart by the bigotry of their families and society at large. While the film has become lodged in Algerian popular culture, this documentary is a journey to unravel this unlikely but intimate connection between two distinct cultures, a truthful tribute to cinema, and an Algerian man’s personal quest to discover what love and repression are in past and contemporary Algeria.


Mohamed El Amine Hattou
Mohamed El Amine Hattou
Costanza Bani, Fabian Diering, Thomas Kaske

About the Director

Amine Hattou is, an Algerian independent filmmaker. He graduated from the Journalism Institute of Algiers in 2000. In 2009 he was selected to take part in the documentary summer university of "La fémis" in Paris (France) where he wrote and directed his first short documentary. In April 2011, he directed a short fiction called “Down to earth” which was selected to many film festivals.

Production Company Profile

Molly Aida Film was founded in 2005 by producer Fabian Martin Diering. In 2013, Costanza Julia Bani joined the company, opening up to documentaries. Thomas Kaske came on board in 2015 as a junior producer. The company focuses on co-productions for feature-length documentary and narrative films, and also on service production for international film projects produced in Germany or with German participation, acting as a major or minor co-producer.


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    Amine Hattou

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    Mohamed El Amine Hattou


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    Molly Aida Film

    Molly Aida Film

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