Feature Documentary Competition | 72 min | 2020


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About the Film

When Lina’s grandparents, Aïcha and Mabrouk, decide to separate after 62 years together, she takes it as an opportunity to question their long journey of exile, as well as their several separations and alienating silence. Aïcha and Mabrouk had come together from Algeria to Thiers—a small medieval town in the middle of France—where they have experienced the chaotic existence of immigrant life. And now, it is time to look back at everything that had been.


Film Info

Section Feature Documentary Competition
Year 2020
Length 72 min
Language French, Arabic
Country Algeria, France

Film Credits

Director Lina Soualem
Screenplay Lina Soualem
Cinematography Lina Soualem
Music Rémi Durel
Editing Gladys Joujou
Producer Marie Balducchi
Production Company AGAT Films & Cie
Sound Design
Sound Lina Soualem

Film Contacts

Directed by: Lina Soualem

French-Palestinian-Algerian filmmaker and actress. After studying history and political science at La Sorbonne University in Paris, she started working as a journalist and a programmer in film festivals, looking to combine her passions for cinema and the study of contemporary Arab societies. After working as a programmer at the International Human Rights Film Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Soualem moved back to Paris where she is now based. She worked as a programmer for the Palest’In&Out Contemporary Art Festival in Paris. She acted in 3 feature films and currently works on film and documentary projects as a director, writer, and assistant director.