Algiers, 1997. Terrorist wanting an Islamic and archaic state are everywhere. Women are oppressed, in a seek to take control of their bodies, clothing and public space. Young student Nedjma is passionate about making a fashion show.


Mounia Meddour


Fadette Drouard (collaboration), Mounia Meddour (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lyna Khoudri ... Nedjma
Shirine Boutella ... Wassila
Amira Hilda Douaouda Amira Hilda Douaouda ... Samira
Yasin Houicha Yasin Houicha ... Mehdi
Zahra Manel Doumandji Zahra Manel Doumandji ... Kahina (as Zahra Doumandji)
Marwan Fares Marwan Fares ... Karim (as Marwan Zeghbib)
Aida Ghechoud Aida Ghechoud ... Saliha
Meriem Medjkane Meriem Medjkane ... Linda (as Meriem Medjkrane)
Samir El Hakim Samir El Hakim ... Mokhtar
Amine Mentseur Amine Mentseur ... Slimane
Khaled Ben Aissa Khaled Ben Aissa ... Abdellah (as Khaled Benaïssa)
Abderrahmane Boudia Abderrahmane Boudia ... Le professeur
Malek Ghellamat Malek Ghellamat ... Sofia
Lina Boudraa Lina Boudraa ... Amel
Slimane Bourdous Slimane Bourdous ... Hittiste


Algiers, 1997. The country is in the hands of terrorist groups, seeking to establish an Islamic and archaic state. Women are particularly affected and oppressed by primitive diktas, who seek to take control of their bodies and control their passage through the public space. While a frenzied hunt for women unveiled is launched, Nedjma, a young student passionate about fashion, is determined to federate the girls of her campus to organize a fashion show braving all the forbidden.

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Official submission of Algeria for the 'Best International Feature Film' category of the 92nd Academy Awards in 2020. See more »


The Algerian song "Madrit Had Papicha Mnin Jatni" was played in the night club at the beginning of the movie, this song wasn't released till the mid 2000s and the events of the film is in the 1990s. See more »


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Written by Jo Bogaert, Manuela Kamosi, Ron Lenhoff, James Brown and Bobby Byrd (as Bobby Bird)
Performed by Technotronic
(C) 1989 ARS Entertainment Belgium (A Division Of Universal Music Belgium)
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Good and important Algerian film on religious fundamentalism and mysoginy
15 May 2020 | by guisreisSee all my reviews

Excellent Algerian film on the advancemeny of religious fundamentalism in the country and about mysoginy. Very important as that phenomena also happens in other parts of the world and, as a Brazilian, I assure that not only in islamic countries. It is well filmed and there is a good development of interesting characters.

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9 October 2019 (France) See more »

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Algiers, Algeria See more »


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