Follows the conflict between a young Algerian man and the local Islamic fundamentalists.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nadia Kaci ...
Mohamed Ourdache ...
Hassan Abidou ...
Mabrouk Ait Amara ...
Messaoud Hattau ...
Mourad Khen ...
Djamila ...
Lalla Djamila
Simone Vignote ...
The aunt
Michel Such ...
Paulo Gosen
Nadia Samir ...
Areski Nebti ...
Hassan the baker
Osmane Bechikh ...
The postman
Fawzi B. Saichi ...
The shoemender
Fatma Zohra Bouseboua ...
Ahmed Benaissa ...
The Imam


Bab El-Oued, a popular district of Algiers, in 1989, a few months after the riots. Boualem works at night in a bakery and steals the loudspeaker that was installed on his roof and was broadcasting the Imam's word... therefore preventing him from sleeping. This blunder is taken as a pretext by the Islamists to put the district under their control... Written by Yepok

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16 November 1994 (France)  »

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Bab El-Oued City  »

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5 November 2007 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

A searing film about the growing tension between secular and fundamentalist Algerians that would plunge Algeria into a blood bath soon after this movie was made.

The tendency of an oppressed society to self-mutilation is made painfully palpable: nobody is happy and nobody CAN be happy; nobody can enjoy even what they love; only hatred and despair are left. And the longing, somehow, to escape.

All the participants act as though their lives depended on it: especially unforgettable is the strikingly beautiful Hassan Abdou (listed as Abidou by IMDb) whose unique face seems to embody all the happiness that could be, but isn't.

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