Genre: Biography, Drama | Director:Yamina Benguigui | Language: Arabic, French | Length: 96 minutes | Country: Algeria, France | Year: 2001 | Rating: N/A
This French/Algerian movie tells the story about the life of an Algerian immigrant woman in France. The film is largely descriptive of her family’s experience moving to France and the struggles for autonomy Algerian women continue to face even today. The film won a variety of international awards, including the 2001 International Critics’ Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.. Although Benguigui was urged to change the name of the film after the September 11 attacks, she chose to keep the original title, a portion of which is in Algerian Arabic. This film explores the complexities of immigration and the role of women in Algerian society.
This is a great film to show in French Language classes. French teachers might also have intermediate-advanced students read the book “Dakia, fille d’Alger” to further study of Algeria.
Frontiers of Dreams and Fears
Genre: Documentary | Director: Mai Masri | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 56 minutes | Country: Israel, Palestine, Lebanon | Year: 2001 | Rating: NR
Offering a rare glimpse into one side of the Middle East conflict, Frontiers of Dreams and Fears explores the lives of a group of Palestinian children growing up in refugee camps. The film focuses on two teenage girls, Mona and Manar. Although living in refugee camps miles apart, the girls manage to communicate and become friends with each other despite the overwhelming barriers separating them. The film reveals their lives and dreams and their growing relationship, at first through email, then culminating in their dramatic meeting at the fence that separates them at the Lebanese/Israeli border.
Genre: Drama | Director: Benny Toraty | Language: English, Hebrew | Length: 98 minutes | Country: Israel | Year: 2001 | Rating: NR
In ha-Argazim, a neighborhood that time forgot, the one-year anniversary of Morris Mandabon’s death is approaching, and his youngest son, Nissim has had a dream in which his father orders him to re-open the old neighborhood movie theater, thus breaking the vow that Morris had made years before never to screen movies again. Nissim and his brother George, together with Aharon Gabardine, who was the projectionist back in the old days, are determined to fulfill Morris’ request. The same day Nissim has his dream, Avram Mandabon, Morris’ brother, returns for his brother’s memorial after a 25-year absence. His reappearance causes old family feuds to resurface.