A young woman, Rallia, raised in Switzerland, travels to an isolated and barren Berber settlement located in the rocky Atlas Mountains of Algeria. Rallia’s journey is one of multi-tiered discovery in terms of her relationship to her extended family, traditional Berber culture, and her desperate need to locate her biological mother. Through her eyes, the viewer is immersed in a world virtually untouched by contemporary society, one that still clings to tribal mores and strict religious codes of conduct. Mehdi Charef skillfully captures the windswept vistas of a faraway mountain range with wide camera angles that frame the harsh environs and the desperate daily search for water, the responsibility of the resilient women of the Berber tribe. —Global Film
Mr. Mehdi Charef is a writer and a filmmaker, as such, he is a pioneer. Mehdi Charef was born in Algeria in 1952. He moved to Paris with his family in 1964 and worked in an engineering factory in the suburbs after leaving school.
In 1983, when his novel Thé Au Harem D’Archimède, hit the public through the Mercure de France, he was one among few to be unveiling the universe of French housing projects: a forgotten, separate and unexpected world. Violence and incomprehension, difference and exclusion are denounced through his crude, on the edge style of writing before these issues came to be noticed by mainstream media.
Costa Gravas sensed Mr.Charef’s talent and bought the rights to this first novel proposing him, thereby, to come into the world of Cinema. After the major success of Thé Au Harem D’Archimède, (Winner of the Cesar Award, Victor Hugo Award, SOS Racisme Award, Madrid Grand Festival Award, etc.), Mr. Charef’s writing and filmmaking careers seem to be following an… read more