Dir Mounia Meddour
The first feature from writer-director Mounia Meddour, Papicha, is set during the Algerian Civil War of the 1990s, also referred to as the Black Decade, and was inspired by real events. Nedjma (Lyna Khoudri, now in Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch) is a university student during the Algerian Civil War whose passion is fashion design. Defying
religious conservatism, she custom-makes dresses for her peers which are examples of individual expression. Meddour, whose husband, French genre filmmaker Xavier Gens, is one of the producers, is at her best when simply capturing the girls as they try to live their lives in a time of profound and sometimes violent transformation.
Cast Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira hilda Douaouda, Zahra Doumandji, Yasin Houicha, Nadia Kaci, Meryem Medjkrane, Marwan Zeghbib
Director Mounia Meddour | 2019 | France/Algeria/Belgium/Qatar | 106 mins | French and Arabic with English subtitles
“Impressive debut feature about a free-spirited student…” – Screen –