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German Premiere: "Fadhma N'Soumer" with Director Belkacem Hadjadj in Attendance

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InfoTickets: 7,50€; ermäßigt: Berlinpass, 5er & 10er Karte, Gildepass, Heavy User Card; 030 283 46 03; www.hackesche-hoefe.org

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In this stunning biopic which recently won the Silver Stallion at FESPACO, Hadjadj brings to life the extraordinary story of a mystic and resistance leader, called by the French the ‘Joan of Arc of Kabylia’ who fought French colonial forces in the 1850s; and starring French-Lebanese actress Laëtitia Eïdo.

Trailer (here with french subtitles): https://vimeo.com/100197156

Algeria, 1847: at the end of the epic resistance of Emir Abdelkader, the French colonial army turns its attention to Kabylia, whose people remain rebellious and unconquered. As the French prepare for the conquest of this strategic region, resistance is being organised with the contribution of fighters from nearby lands, including Sharif Boubeghla. It is in this world that Fadhma N’Soumer rises to prominence. Brought up in a family of scholars, Fadhma reveals an exceptional personality from a young age, defiantly rejecting 19th century patriarchal traditions for spiritual pursuits.

The screening will be followed by an open discussion with director Belkacem Hadjadj and Dr. Nora Lafi (ZMO). There will be no reception this time because of a premiere party in the cinema.

With the friendly support of Brot für die Welt/EED, Katholischer Fonds, Aktion Afrika des Auswärtigen Amts. In cooperation with Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO), AL Film, Yedd e.V. and the Algerian Community of Berlin.

Medienpartner: Africiné, Adefra, SEV-Magazin, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Club der Freunde von RFI, Berlin Poche, rendez-vous-cine.de, Exberliner, multicult.fm, Art Labour Archives, Planète Métis, Contemporary &, Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland, Terre des Femmes Stiftung

Director
Belkacem Hadjadj is an Algerian director, producer and actor born in 1950. Already during his university studies, he seizes every opportunity for cultural activities and trainings. After his degree in Algeria, he continues studying film at INAS in Brussels, starts working at RTBF and afterwards changes to RTA in Algiers. Hadjadj continues his studies and does a PhD at Sorbonne University under the auspices of Jean Rouche. The topic: the relationship between oral tradition and audiovisual media. Since the opening of the Algerian film market for private initiatives, Hadjadji has been enriching the movie world with numerous productions under his label Machahou Production.

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