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Archived: Papicha (2019)

director: Mounia Meddour

composer: Rob
With: Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda, a.o.

duration: 106 minutes
Drama, War

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Algerian director Mounia Meddour reminds the viewer of the brutality of the Algerian civil war of the 1990s in this feature film. 18-year-old Nedjima dreams of a career in fashion and has launched her career by selling her sexy clothing to 'papichas', pretty young Algerian girls, in night club toilets. Her life as an independent woman is threatened, however, by religious fundamentalists who demand women to cover themselves up before leaving the house, or else... Undeterred, Nedjima wants to emphasize her femininity and organizes a fashion show out of protest. This ode to freedom underscores that boldness can still reign in times of repression.


director: Mounia Meddour
composer: Rob
producer: Mounia Meddour, Patrick André, Xavier Gens, Gregoire Gensollen, Belkacem Hadjadj
screenplay: Fadette Drouard, Mounia Meddour
Editor: Damien Keyeux
Cinematography: Léo Lefèvre

production company: The Ink Connection

More info

dialogue: Frans, Arabisch
subtitles: Dutch subt.
Country: France - Algeria - Belgium - Qatar
year: 2019


MOUNIA MEDDOUR: La cuisine en héritage (2010, doc), Cinéma algérien, un nouveau souffle (2011, doc), Edwige (2012, short), Papicha (2019).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
frame: 1:2,39
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