Aliénations follows doctors and patients through the psychiatric ward of a hospital in Constantine, Algeria – a city of mystical tradition and startling modernity – examining the illnesses afflicting Algerians today as they attempt to deal with religious, political, economic, and family turmoil.— chicagodocfestival
Malek Bensmail was born in Constantine in 1966. He soon devoted his time to make challenging documentaries about his country in which he focused on themes such as belonging and identity.
He has always sought to confront Algeria with its "other side’ by conveying the complexities of Algeria. Issues he deals with are: democriacy,
modernity, language, society – all the aspects of contemporary society facing his country.
Malek Bensmaïl develops projects essentially about the relationships “Oriente and occidente”, being author and director of more than a dozen documentaries exhibited in France and international Broacast TV and festivals. In the last few years he has been developing an experimental technique using of images in an innovative and creative way. —Africulture