143 Sahara Street + Elles


As part of our strand Voices of Algeria, we present two visions of Algeria from 1966 to 2019.

143 Sahara Street

FRA | 2019 | 100 mins | dir. Hassen Ferhani | doc | in French with EN subs | Cert tbc

Hassen Ferhani's quiet documentary 143 Sahara Street is an intimate portrait of a woman, a landscape, and even a country, Algeria. As she engages with the assortment of travelers who come through her door, Malika, owner of an off-the-grid café in the Sahara Desert, discusses religion, the economy, politics, and family.

ALG |1966 | 22 mins | dir. Ahmed Lallem | in French with EN subs | Cert tbc

In Ahmed Lallem’s 1966 short film Elles, Algerian schoolgirls elucidate on their position in society four years after the country gained independence from France, revealing how they envisage the future, democracy, their place in society.

The screening on 17 May (8.30pm) will be introduced by author Kamel Daoud.

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3.30pm Ciné Lumière
£13, £11

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