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Abdallah Badis / Feature Documentary / Algeria, France, Qatar / 2017 / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Road Trip, Social Issues, Youth, Identity, Creative Documentary


A wind of liberty called the Arab Spring has been blowing in this part of the world. Algeria remains uninvolved. Does this mean everything is all right there? How is the Algerian populus? How do they live? Seven young men and women aged between 20 and 30 ask themselves: What does it mean to be Algerian? They leave Wahran, their home city, to go deep into the countryside. Their journey, in the most beautiful season, will take the pulse of the real nation of Algeria.


Abdallah Badis
Abdallah Badis
Abdallah Badis
Production Company
Cactusco Films

About the Director

After graduating from high school, where he majored in science and biology in 1971, Abdallah Badis started his working life as a steelworker in Lorraine, then engaged in other pursuits until 1979. Whether in theatre or film, he always tries to lend a voice to unnamed people, the world he comes from, staging common folks and their special ways: their gestures at work and in daily life, their ordinary words and silences. This led Badis quite naturally to feel the strong need to bear witness to the lives, mutations and upheavals of our times through storytelling in cinema.

Awards and Festival History


Visions du Reel 2018 (WP)


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