Le thé au harem d’Archimède was a book written by Mehdi Charef, first published in 1983. In 1985 Charef also directed the film adaptation of the book. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival. –Wikipedia
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