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8 January 2003 (France) See more »
A look at terrorism in Algeria through the eyes of Rachida, a teacher in one of the school districts. | Full synopsis »
8 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)
Ibtissem Djouadi ... Rachida
Bahia Rachedi ... Aïcha
Rachida Messaoui En ... Zohra
Hamid Remas ... Hassen
Zaki Boulenafed ... Khaled
Amel Choukh ... La mariée
Abdelkader Belmokadem ... Mokhtar
Azzedine Bougherra ... Tahar
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amal Ksili ... Fatima

Directed by
Yamina Bachir 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yamina Bachir 

Produced by
Thierry Lenouvel .... associate producer
Margarita Seguy .... producer
Original Music by
Anne-Olga De Pass 
Cinematography by
Mustafa Ben Mihoub 
Film Editing by
Cécile Andreotti 
Yamina Bachir 
Costume Design by
Mahmia Aarar 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karine Bouchama .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Martin Boissau .... sound
Rachid Bouafia .... sound
Guillaume D'Ham .... trainee sound-editor
Pascal Despres .... sound editor
Florent Klockenbring .... trainee sound-editor
Anne-Laure Lermyte .... sound editor
Jean-Guy Veran .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Olivier Baillon .... camera operator
Music Department
Marie Sabbah .... music supervisor
Other crew
Claire Viroulaud .... press attache

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100 min (Cannes Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | France:U | Singapore:PG13 | Singapore:NC-16 (DVD rating) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud)
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Algeria and other countries, 16 July 2015
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

After Algeria won independence from France, a single party dominated the government for almost thirty years. When the Algerian people voted it out, the government nullified the election, leading to a civil war. Yamina Bachir's "Rachida" is set during the civil war. The movie's main point is that the protagonist simply wants to live her life even as terrorist gangs roam the streets. A lot of what happens in the movie reminds me of what we now hear about happening in Mexico. People keep thinking that it's possible to militarily defeat the amorphous tactic that is terrorism.

It's a good look at the sorts of things that happened in Algeria during the 1990s. Part of the thing is that I like it when movies show cultures that we don't often get to see. I hope to see more of Yamina Bachir's movies.

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