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Spring Grant 2011 - Production Stage

Tariq Teguia / Feature Narrative / Algeria, France, Lebanon, Qatar / 136 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Drama, Politics, Social Issues


While covering community clashes in southern Algeria, Ibn Battuta, a journalist, finds himself picking up the trail of forgotten uprisings against the Abbasid Caliphate. For the purposes of his investigation, he goes to Beirut, allegedly to study the state of the ‘Arab nation’. Nahla, a young Palestinian whose family has found refuge in Greece, also heads for Beirut with funds for other Palestinians. In US-occupied Iraq, Mr. Prince is making easy money and, seeking to preserve his loot, he too moves to Beirut. These three will meet, despite tensions, missteps, dead ends, lies, oversights and ever-present ghosts.


Tariq Teguia
Tariq Teguia
Yacine Teguia

About the Director

Born in Algeria in 1966, Tariq Teguia teaches art history. He worked as a freelance photographer before turning to filmmaking; short films include ‘The Dog’ (1996) and ‘Closing’ (2003), which won a Special Jury Award in Marrakech. His features are ‘Rome Rather Than You’ (2006) and ‘Inland’ (2008), both of which screened in Venice, the latter winning the FIPRESCI Prize.

Awards and Festival History


International Film Festival Rotterdam 2014 (The Netherlands)
Rome Film Festival 2013, in the cinema XXI section (Italy)
Belfort International Film festival 2013, in International competition (France)
États Généraux du Film Documentaire 2014 (France)


Won the Scribe Prize for Cinema 2013 (France)
Won the Grand Prix Janine Bazi- Best Feature Award in 2013 (France)


  • Main Contact

    Yacine Teguia

    Neffa Films
    213 336 209 6500

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