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China is Still Far Away
Wa laou fi elsin - Malek Bensmaïl
- Documentaire


France/Algérie - 2008 - 1 h 59 mn - Réalisation : Malek Bensmaïl - Scénario : Malek Bensmaïl - Image : Malek Bensmaïl, Lionel Jan Kerguistel - Montage : Matthieu Bretaud - Musique : Camel Zekri - Son : Dana Farzanehpour -

Centre Rabelais Samedi 27 octobre 2012, 18 h 00
Corum - Salle Pasteur Jeudi 1 novembre 2012, 10 h 00

On 1 November 1954, near Ghassira, a little village tucked away on the Aures region of Algeria, a couple of French schoolteachers and an Algerian caid were the first civil victims of the 7-year war that led to Algeria's independence. Over 50 years later, Malek Bensmaïl returned to this Chaouia village that become 'the cradle of the Algerian revolution' to film, as the seasons went by, its inhabitants, their present and their memory, and also the school and the children who attend it.

Malek Bensmaïl

Born in Constantine, Algeria in 1966, he persued film studies in Paris and Saint-Petersburg (Lenfilm). Author and director of several documentaries since 1990, he has developped writing projects about the relationships between East and West and between North and South. After Territoire(s) (1997), Décibled (1998) and Boudiaf, un espoir assassiné (1999), he directed a short film in 2001, DêmoKratia.