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100% Arabic (1997)

100% Arabica (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Music | 5 November 1997 (France)
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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Mahmoud Zemmouri
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Khaled Khaled ... Rachid
Mohamed Khelifati Mohamed Khelifati ... Krimo
Mouss Zouheyri Mouss Zouheyri ... Slimane (as Mouss)
Najim Laouriga Najim Laouriga ... Madjid
Farid Fedjer Farid Fedjer ... Kamel
Youssef Diawara Youssef Diawara ... Sylla
Patrice Thibaud Patrice Thibaud ... Bernard Lemercier
Muhammad Camara Muhammad Camara ... Salem (as Mohamed Camara)
Nedjma Nedjma ... Zoubida, la mère de Rachid
Medhi Bougima Medhi Bougima ... Omar
Bass Dhem ... Un des 3 Diop (as Ahmadou Bass Dhem)
Balla Touré Balla Touré ... Un des 3 Diop
Gaoussou Diarra Gaoussou Diarra ... Un des 3 Diop
Saïd Dahmani Saïd Dahmani ... Brahim
Abdelmalek Fillali Abdelmalek Fillali ... Nordine
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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

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Comedy | Music

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Raï vs.fundamentalism.
15 February 2005 | by guy-bellingerSee 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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