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Samir in the Dust

Fall Grant 2013 - Production Stage

Mohamed Ouzine / Feature Documentary / Algeria, France, Qatar / 2015 / 75 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, French / Interests: Social Issues, Identity, Creative Documentary, Poetic Documentary


I always liked smugglers because they are playing with borders. But, I soon realized that the one who was sitting in this dark room in the middle of the night after a long day of work, couldn’t do anything with the moods that he inspires me. Me, his uncle, a “migrated” came to film this land that he and his mount detest above all. This film depicts the aspirations and anxieties of a young Algerian smuggler transporting fuel by mule , from his village to the Moroccan border. Through his portrait, emerges the filmmaker’s ambiguous relation with this piece of territory.


Mohamed Ouzine
Mohamed Ouzine
Maud Martin

About the Director

Mohamed Ouzine was born in France in 1972, of an Algerian father and a Moroccan mother. He studied history and photography. He rediscovered the land of his parents during his father’s funeral, and has since not ceased questioning his origins. His documentary film ‘Commonplaces’ won an award at Panorama of the Cinemas of the Maghreb Festival, in Saint Denis. His script for ‘The War of Tarik’, won several awards: Trophées du Premier Scénario, promesses de nouveaux talents from the CNC, the Beaumarchais Foundation, and the Festival Cinemed in Montpellier.

Awards and Festival History


Latin Arab Fest 2016, Arab Features Competition


Most Innovative Medium Length Film, Vision du Reel 2016 (WP)


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    Maud Martin

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