143 SAHARA STREET (2019)

Silver (2019)

Feature Documentary Competition | Algeria, France | Arabic, French, English with subtitles in English | 100 min


About the Film

In the tranquil solitude of the desert, Malika runs a small restaurant that offers omelets along with coffee and tea. She serves truckers, wanderers and drifters who pass through like fleeting apparitions. This oasis, though seemingly irrelevant to the outside world, tells of a country and its spirit. The winds of sand and silence speak volumes of the dramas and dreams of those who stop for a smoke, a beverage, or a conversation. Malika holds a treasure of stories that have become as much a part of her as she is of them.

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Hassen Ferhani

Hassen Ferhani was born in 1986 in Algeria. His first short film Les Baies d’Alger (2006) was screened in the official competitions of numerous international festivals. Two years later, he participated in a workshop in La Fémis, where he directed the short film Le Vol du 140 (2008). He also co-directed the documentary Afric Hotel (2010), which screened at Visions du Réel and FIDMarseille. His debut feature film Roundabout in My Head (2015) received the Prize of the City of Torino for Best International Documentary Film at the Torino Film Festival, as well as the Documentaire sur Grand Écran Award at the Amiens International Film Festival, among other acknowledgements.


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