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.
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.
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 »
Group Raïna Raï
performed by Lotfi Attar (as Raïna Raï) and Tarik Naïmi Chikhi and Kaddour Bouchentouf and Hachemi Djellouli
composed by Lotfi Attar (as Raïna Raï)
(p) 1982 See more »
To resist through creativity
Papicha is a powerful movie. Harsh and brutal, yet sometimes sweet and joyful despite the cruelty around the characters.
Papicha tells us never to give up. It's a cry of hope and resistance. A true gem.
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