Set in the northern Algerian port city of Mostaganem. The title refers to the hordes of refugees, the 'Harragas', who smuggle themselves out of the country via any means possible. Here we ...
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Set in the northern Algerian port city of Mostaganem. The title refers to the hordes of refugees, the 'Harragas', who smuggle themselves out of the country via any means possible. Here we meet one such group, Rachid, Nasser and Imene who pay a smuggler, Hassan, to take them to Spain in his rickety boat. Along with a group of African and Arab migrants, they are risking all they have to cross the stormy Straits. Written by
Dubai International Film Festival
The films starts with Omar hanging from a rope. He committed suicide because life in Algeria was unbeareable to him.
The Mediterranean Sea acts as a barrier between two worlds. A group of desperate algerians, some of them are Omar's friends, try to cross it in order to get out of their day to day hell.
Harragas is a film about despair but also about pursuing an unreal dream. Perhaps there is no solution in escaping.
The acting its OK, as well as the direction and photography. Although its a film about human drama, Harragas also has a quota of suspense concerning the fate of the principal characters. If you like social cinema or political cinema you should see it.
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