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Rachida

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- Angel On The Right
- Khorma
- Mango Yellow
- Margarette's Feast
- Nothing More
- Rachida
- Shadow Kill
- Ticket To Jerusalem
- Women's Prison
- Wretched Lives

 
 

Rachida a film by Yamina Bachir-Chouikh

Algeria, 2002 (100 minutes)

Synopsis

The first full-length feature film by Yamina Bachir evokes memories of the worst atrocities of the terror in Algeria. The young teacher Rachida is teaching at a school in Algiers, when she is stopped in the street by a group of youths who demand she take a bomb and place it in the school. She recognizes one of the terrorists and refuses. Then she is cold-bloodedly shot and left for dead. Miraculously, she survives. To recover, she hides with her mother in a village far from the city. But terrorism is unavoidable there too. There are no safe havens in Algeria. Rachida is a moving story about a community - and above all about the women in it - under the threat of terror. It's a world where you can be kidnapped, raped, shot, where an unmarried woman with a scar on her belly can't go to a bathhouse, because people might think she has had a Caesarean.

— (2003 International Film Festival Rotterdam)

About the Director

Yamina Bachir-Chouikh was born in 1954 in Algiers, and entered the film industry as an editor and scriptwriter. Her feature debut is Rachida.

Principal Cast

 

 

 

 


Crew
Director
Screenwriter
Cinematographer
Editor
Music
Producer

 

Ibtissem Djouadi
Bahira Rachedi
Hamid Ramas
Rachida Messaouden
Abdelkader Belmokadem
Aida Kechoud
Amel Chouikh

Yamina Bachir-Chouikh
Yamina Bachir-Chouikh
Mustapha Belmihoub
Yamina Bachir-Chouikh
Anne-Olga de Pass
Thierry Lenouvel

 
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