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The Foreign Son

Spring Grant 2012 - Development Stage

Abdallah Badis / Feature Documentary / Algeria, France, Qatar / 90 min / Original Language: Arabic, French / Interests: About Family, History, Road Trip, Immigration, Docufiction, Essay Documentary


Answering the call of his homeland, of which he retains only childhood memories, 50-year-old Omar returns to his native Algeria. There seems to be a path unfolding in front of him, and it is tortuous. Providence provides a child to guide him. The apparently pristine wilderness is heavy with the history of the land. Along a fine line between reality and fantasy, this past surfaces through archive footage. Strangely, the uncanny trip will lead Omar to connect with a landscape he hardly knows, and allow his intimate reunion with an estranged family.


Abdallah Badis
Abdallah Badis
Rachid Khaldi
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.


  • Main Contact

    Abdallah Badis

    Cactusco Films
    +33 387 303 648

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