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Inch’Allah Dimanche

Inch’Allah Dimanche

Director: Yamina Benguigui
Algeria, France | Arabic, French
2001 | 98min.
Subtitles: English
Format: Digital Betacam
Because it speaks directly from the heart, Inch’Allah Dimanche is impossible to forget. The first (and to date, only) feature-length film by French Algerian writer/director Yamina Benguigui, it showcases the dazzling actress Fejria Deliba as a spirited young woman who learns that personal freedom must be acquired through her own efforts. This is what makes it most relevant for today and makes it very much a woman’s film. It also opens a window on North African migration to France in the ’70s. On all these topics Benguigui has a lot to say, which she dramatizes in a modern retro style and a fast-moving story. The time is the mid-1970s, and the law has just changed to allow the families of “guest workers' to join their menfolk. But as the film shows with piercing clarity dosed with wry humor, this proves to be far from a boon for many wives. Young Zouina gets the audience on her side in a heart-rending opening scene in which she is forced to board a ship bound for France with her high-handed mother-in-law (embodied by the non-pro Rabia Mokkedem) and her three children, to join a husband she barely knows. Leading the cast of characters is the beautiful, courageous Zouina, played by Deliba as a victim of outmoded traditions who, despite physical and verbal abuse, won’t give up struggling to find meaning in her life. —Deborah Young

This film belongs to package Inch'Allah Dimanche + Short

Director,  Yamina Benguigui

Director,  Yamina Benguigui

Born in 1957 in Lille, France to Algerian parents, Yamina Benguigui had tackled the theme of immigration in a number of short films and documentaries before making her award-winning feature Inch’Allah Dimanche in 2001. Among the many awards it received are the best film prize at Marrakech international Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Award at the Toronto Film Festival. Her documentary work includes Mémoires d’immigrés, L’héritage maghrébin and Femmes d’Islam. She has been active in politics and is the French government’s Minister Delegate for la Francophonie.

Cast and Crew

Director
Yamina Benguigui
Cast
Fejria Deliba, Rabia Mokeddem, Amina Annabi, Anass Behri, Hamza Dubuih, Zinedine Soualem
Production Company
Bandits Longs
Sales Contact
Elemiah
Producer
Philippe Dupuis-Mendel
Screenwriter
Yamina Benguigui
Editor
Nadia Ben Rachid
Cinematographer
Antoine Roch
Sound
Michel Vionnet
Production Designer
Marc Marmier
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