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Barakat !


Barakat !

cast: Rachida Brakni, Fettouma Bouamari, Zahir Bouzerar

year: 2006

colour: yes


director: Djamila Sharoui, Cécile Vargaftig

runtime: 94

Set during Algeria's civil war of the early 90s, Barakat! is a stirring tale of female heroism that confronts the uncomfortable history of a troubled region. When her journalist husband is abducted by fundamentalists, twenty-something doctor Amel heads for the hills to find him. She is accompanied by Khadija, a nurse who once fought for Algerian independence against the French. Overcoming massive differences in outlook, politics and breadth of experience, the two women forge a bond of mutual affection and respect, and, over the course of the search, arrive at a deeper understanding of how their lives have been shaped by their country's history. Winner, Best First Film, Best Music & Best Screenplay, FESPACO 2007


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