Algiers, 1991. The city is in full fever with fundamentalist street demonstrations ending in violent clashes. Fella, a forty year old Algerian, is preparing to leave his house to give a television interview, but he has doubts and fear in his heart. —Aflam
Born in 1949 in Algiers. Benhhadj studied architecture at the National School of Decorative Arts, and Film at the University in Paris.
Starting from 1979 he produced several distribution films and documentaries. His first effort – 1976’s “Immigration” – captured the plight of North African immigrants living in the slums of Nice, and since then he’s tackled juvenile delinquency and fundamentalism in Algeria, rape and culture-crossed lovers. He may deal with weighty themes, but the focus is always on the individual. “You have to put people at the center, that’s why I choose these characters,” he said.
His 1989 film, “Louss” (Desert Rose), about a severely handicapped man grappling with life in a far-flung oasis village, won awards at film festivals around the world.His work could be compared to that of Ken Loach, the socially conscious British director who also has made society’s vicissitudes his leitmotif.
In 1992, he directed Touchia, which won the 1994 Audience… read more