Compétition internationale
46th edition
NOVEMBER 15>23, 2024, Nantes - France

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by Damien OUNOURI


Damien Ounouri, a French-Algerian, renews ties with his great-uncle, El Hadi. During the Algerian War of Independence, this easy-going retiree had been a fidaï – a combatant in civil dress. His objective? “Weaken the enemy’s military potential”. He accompanies the young filmmaker to the sites of his undercover actions, including those in France, where as a member of an armed branch of the FLN (National Liberation Front), he was imprisoned and tortured. Ounouri overlaps official history with a personal history that his family had largely kept quiet – but how can one venture onto this “scorched terrain”? Going back and forth between the two countries (the filmmaker’s father, to whom Fidaï is dedicated, settled in Marseille), he creates a dialogue between the two languages: Ounouri asks his questions in French and El Hadi replies in Arabic. Their exchange, bridging the two worlds, serves as an opportunity to revisit France’s unresolved history with Algeria. CG

  • Titre français
  • Original title
  • Titre international
  • Scénario
    Damien Ounouri, Linda Amiri
  • Photo
    Matthieu Laclau
  • Montage
    Mary Stephen
  • Son
    Li Dan-Feng
  • Musique
    Houria Aichi, Alla, Smail Benhouhou, Youssef Dhafer, Hasna El Becharia
  • Production
    Kafard Films, Xstream Pictures
  • Producteur délégué
    Alexandre Singer, Mathieu Mullier
  • Coproduction
    Xstream Pictures
  • Ventes internationales
  • Support de projection
  • Sous-titrage
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