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Born in Cherchell, Algeria
Died in Paris, France
Birth NameFatima-Zohra Imalayène

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Assia Djebbar was born on June 30, 1936 in Cherchell, Algeria as Fatima-Zohra Imalayène. She was a director, known for La zerda ou Les chants de l'oubli (1983), La nouba des femmes du mont Chenoua (1979) and Droit d'auteurs (1996). She was married to Malek Alloula and Ahmed Ould-Rouïs. She died on February 6, 2015 in Paris, France.

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Malek Alloula (1980 - 6 February 2015) ( her death)
Ahmed Ould-Rouïs (1958 - 1975) ( divorced)

Trivia (8)

Académie Française (June 16th, 2005).
She studied in Paris, then returned to Algeria after it won independence in 1962. In Algiers, she taught history, French literature and cinema. After directing several films in Algeria, she returned to France.
She was appointed director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies at Louisiana State University in 1995. More recently, she was a professor of French and Francophone studies at New York University.
She was the first writer from North Africa to be elected to the Académie Française.
Doctor in French literature in 1999 from Paul-Valéry University in Montpellier. In 1999, she became also a member of the Royal Belgium Academy of French literature. She also got honorary doctorates from Concordia University in Montréal and Vienna.
From 2001, she was professor at New York University. In 2002, she was named Silver Chair Professor.
She was professor from 1995 to 2001 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where she was head of a French studies center.
Her father was the only Algerian teacher in the French school in Algeria (then a French colony), she was thus educated in French. She was buried in Cherchell the town where she was born after an official ceremony in Algiers. She was an history professor at the University of Algiers in the 1970s at the time she was also a prize winning filmmaker.

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