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Fall Grant 2011 - Development Stage

Safinez Bousbia / Feature Narrative / Algeria, Qatar / 2015 / 120 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: About Family, Action, Women, Drama, Thriller, Female Director, Based on a True Story


X kids are children born in Algeria out of wedlock, or as a result of terrorist marriages, incest or rape. They have no family name, rather, they have a first name followed by the letter X. As these children are not recognised by the state, they cannot go to school, travel, work or marry. The stories of these Zohra and Houria are portraits of two different decades in Algeria: the 1970s, during the socialist regime; and the 1990s, at the time of Islamic fundamentalism. Both women refuse to punish their children for a sin they did not commit and struggle to find a solution against all odds.


Safinez Bousbia
Safinez Bousbia
Safinez Bousbia

About the Director

Safinez Bousbia entered the world of film in 2003 after several years working as an architect. In 2004, she created Quidam Productions, a Dublin-based company dedicated to finding untold stories and bringing them to the screen. She recently produced and directed ‘El Gusto’, a $3.25-million feature-length musical documentary, edited by Academy Award-winner Françoise Bonnot (‘Z’, ‘Frida’, ‘Titus’, ‘The Tempest’). Bousbia is developing a script about pirates in the Mediterranean in the 17th century, written in collaboration with renowned scriptwriter Stephen Jeffreys (‘The Libertine’).

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