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100% Arabic (1997)
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The movie takes place in a poverty-stricken, rent-controlled neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris. Algerian immigrants, many of whom are in France illegally, the place has earned the ... See full summary »


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Cheb Khaled ...
Rachid (as Khaled)
Mohamed Khelifati ...
Mouss ...
Najim Laouriga ...
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Youssef Diawara ...
Patrice Thibaud ...
Bernard Lemercier
Mohamed Camara ...
Nedjma ...
Zoubida, la mère de Rachid
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The movie takes place in a poverty-stricken, rent-controlled neighborhood on the outskirts of Paris. Algerian immigrants, many of whom are in France illegally, the place has earned the nickname of "100%Arabica". It's a rough neighborhood - crime is rampant, gangs of juvenile delinquents roam the streets, and the police are afraid to patrol the area. When the out-of-touch mayor decides that he wants to restore order to the area, he offers a subsidy to Slimane, the imam of the local mosque. If Slimane can get people off the streets, the mayor will continue the payments. Soon the byways of 100%Arabica are almost peaceful - but not because of something Slimane has done. The reason is that a new Rai Band, Rap Oriental, has taken the neighborhood by storm... Written by James Beradinelli

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Une comédie totalement raï


Comedy | Music


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5 November 1997 (France)  »

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Raï vs.fundamentalism.
15 February 2005 | by (Montigny-lès-Metz, France) – See all my reviews

Is it possible to fight religious zealotry without displaying the usual show of its depressing consequences ? The answer is yes : Algerian-born Mohammed Zemmouri exemplifies it with this good-natured, fast-paced,catchy comedy. And although we leave the theater with a light heart our brain has been given food for thought : what is better for a society, attracting young immigrants to the mosque and turn them into religious fanatics or let them express their joy of living through cheerful singing and dancing ? Answering this question would be stating the obvious unless you are a fundamentalist yourself. There is a lot of fine music in the film. Khaled may not be a candidate for acting awards but his nice personality pervades the story and his singing is up to. There are a few funny gags and some interesting allusions to the dangerous liaisons between certain opportunist politicians - including French ones - with religious fundamentalism. And let Muslims be reassured : this film is against zealotry not the faith of Islam.

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