Algiers during the worst years of terrorism. Rachida is a beautiful young teacher who lives and works in a popular neighbourhood of Algiers. One morning, as she goes to work without wearing a veil, she is taken to task by a group of terrorists, which includes one of her pupils, Sofiane. They tell her to plant a bomb in her school. She refuses in spite of her fear. Out of anger, the leader of the gang shoots her in the stomach. They all run away leaving her to bleed to death in the neighbourhood deserted by its frightened inhabitants… Miraculously Rachida survives. But she decides to leave Algiers and to seek refuge in the village of a colleague of hers, Yasmina, who lends her a house. She moves in with her mother, who is also a disgraced woman because she is divorced. –Cannes Film Festival
Yamina Bachir-Chouikh began her film career as assistant editor in the early 1970s. Her career then evolved gradually. She first became editor and worked on many Algerian films and documentaries Algerians, working with directors like Touita Okasha, Lagta Abdelkader, Ahmed Rachedi or her husband Mohamed Chouikh. As well as working as an editor she wrote several screenplays. In 1976, she collaborated with Merzak Allouache on his first feature Omar Gatlato and in1982 she wrote the screenplay for Sandy Wind directed by Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina .
In 1996, she wrote the screenplay for Rachida managing to turn to turn it into her first feature film five years later. manages to turn it five years later. For her first feature film as director, Yamina Bachir-Chouikh did not choose an easy subject. Rachida evokes the terror experienced by the people of Algeria in the 1990s through the destiny of a young 20 year old woman who is a victim of an attack leaving her to take refuge in the countryside… read more
Film témoignage sur la peur pendant les années du terrorisme en Algérie. Le sujet est fort, mais malheureusement la réalisation hésite entre une approche anthropologique et la théâtralisation. Etant donné le contexte, il faut néanmoins saluer ce film courageux, qui a ses moments de beauté.