Nardjes A. (Algeria, France, Germany, Brazil, Qatar)

Nardjes A.

Karim Aïnouz
2020, Algeria, France, Germany, Brazil, Qatar, 80′
International premiere
Latitudes

After the announcement of the candidacy of president Bouteflika for a fifth term, a spontaneous outburst of protest and indignation erupts in the streets of Algiers. Shot on March 8th 2019, International Women's Rights Day, the film is the portrait of Nardjes, a young woman who marches bravely to let her voice be heard.

Algeria, February 2019. A popular pacifist uprising erupts against the candidacy of president Bouteflika for a fifth term, steadily swelling into a revolution. Nardjes, a young Algerian woman, takes part in the movement to convey the hope of her people. Shot on the 8th March 2019, International Women's Day, the film draws a portrait of her as she joins thousands of protesters in the streets of Algiers, fighting to overthrow a regime that has silenced them for decades. The filmmaker follows her as she walks through a city that seems to bristle with a renewed energy and burning with hope for a better tomorrow. As the march ebbs and ends, Nardjes finds herself in a nightclub with her friends partying. The powerful collective march becomes a trancelike monologue while she dances alone. Then the dawn breaks over the city. Nardjes speaks to it. There is a new, vibrant in her voice, angry but hopeful. Karim Aïnouz dresses a powerful and tender portrait of a young woman who stands up to fight for change. His film is a moving homage to the hopes of an entire country.

Giona A. Nazzaro

Language(s):  Algerian Arabic, French, Berber
Subtitles:  English, French
VdR edition:  2020

Production

Marie-Pierre Macia
Christopher Zitterbart
Claire Gadéa
Janaina Bernardes
Richard Djoudi

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