Join us for the Arab Film and Media Institute’s first showcase dedicated to Algerian Cinema. The program will include the premiere of “The Well,” the historical drama that was Algeria’s nomination to the 2017 Academy Awards, as well as a post-screening Q&A with special guest Dr. Ahmed Bedjaoui, the President of the Algerian Film Fund, and the Artistic Director of the Algiers Film Festival.
The event is co-sponsored by the Arab Cultural and Community Center.
A historical drama, “The Well” tells the trepidations of an Algerian village embargoed by French soldiers during war-torn Algeria under French colonialism. In the middle of the Algerian War of Independence, soldiers of the French army suspect a village in southern Algeria of hosting the mujahedeen. The soldiers surround the village and the vulnerable villagers are gradually faced with thirst. The villagers soon realize that they have to either confront the soldiers, or die of thirst.
Award-winning Filmmaker Lotfi Bouchouchi presents a unique non-binary take on Algeria’s struggle under French rule. Departing from all the codes of the genre, Bouchouchi adopts a radically new vision and narrates his story from the perspective of women and men disrupted in their everyday life and faced with a threat to their survival.
“The Well” was selected to represent Algeria at the 2017 Academy Awards.
Dr. Ahmed Bedjaoui is Professor of Cinema and Audiovisual Communication at the University of Algiers, in Algeria. Currently serving as the President of the Algerian Film Fund, he is also the Artistic Director of the Algiers Film Festival and the Head of the Euro-Mediterranean network for training professional journalists (REMFOC). In addition to his work and accolades, his popularity in Algeria is also attributed to his role as producer and animator for the hit TV series Tele-Cine Club, which aired in Algeria for nearly 20 years.
In 2016, Dr. Ahmed Bedjaoui received the UNESCO Fellini medal for his contribution to the promotion of film art.