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Karim Sayad / Feature Documentary / Algeria, Switzerland, France, Qatar / 2019 / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Social Issues, Immigration, Identity, Creative Documentary


2001, Fahed reaches the UK his head filled with dreams. 2018, in the thrall of a mid-life crisis, he must now make a decision. Will he keep his head low and continue working 50-hours weeks between the kebab shop and the factory, or will he return to Algeria, a country he fled in the hope of making a better life for himself?


Karim Sayad
Karim Sayad
Joëlle Bertossa

About the Director

Karim Sayad was born in Lausanne in 1984 to an Algerian father and a Swiss mother. After completing an MA in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva, he decided to become a documentary filmmaker. His first short, 'Babor Casanova', premiered in Locarno in 2015. It was then shown in festivals worldwide, and won awards at DocLisboa, Festival Dei Popoli and, among others, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. 'Of Sheep and Men' his first feature documentary was selected at TIFF Docs, São Paulo and Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, and won the Special Mention at the MedFilm Festival.

Production Company Profile

Joëlle Bertossa founded Geneva-based 'Close Up Films' in 2012. Over the past five years, they have produced twenty documentary and six fiction films. These include 'Volta a Terra', a documentary directed by João Pedro Placido that premiered at Visions du Réel and was presented at ACID, Cannes in 2015; 'The Shadow of Women' by Philippe Garrel, that opened the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, and 'I Am Not Your Negro' directed by Raoul Peck, which was presented at TIFF Toronto and nominated for the 2017 Oscars. Through their work, Close Up Films aim to question the contemporary world in an original way. Involved, poetic or radical, the projects that Close Up Films wishes to defend are sometimes fragile but always engaging.

Awards and Festival History


"TIFF 2019, Docs (WP)
DOK Leipzig 2019
Festival Dei Popoli 2019
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2020
Rencontre d’Aflam 2020
Arab FF ALFILM 2020
Festivals Cinémas du Sud 2020
Full Frame Documentary FF 2020
Gabes FF 2020 (online edition)"


Soleure Prize, Journées de Soleure 2020


  • Main Contact

    Joëlle Bertossa

    Close Up Films
    +41 22 808 0846 / +41 78 665 0512

  • Production Company

    Close Up Films

    +41 22 808 08 46

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