Azzedine Meddour


I was still a boy when my interest in History started. An Algerian TV program, called “Facts and Facts“, accompanied me during that period and I still have vivid memories of it.

This program was directed by Azzedine Meddour and presented by Mhamed Benguettaf. It was an unusual way of relating the major historical facts of the 20th century.

Azzedine Meddour was born on May 8th, 1947 in Sidi-Aich, Bejaia, and there he completed his primary and secondary schooling.
He studied French Literature at the university of Algiers and then went to Moscow to study cinematography in the oldest film school in the world, the VGIK. There he met and married Russian Erina in 1977. They had two daughters. Continue reading

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Athmane Ariouat


Every time Algeria holds its local elections, a movie comes to my mind and probably to many of my compatriots’. I am speaking of Carnaval fi dechra (watch here) and its main character Makhlouf el Bombardi portrayed by Athmane Ariouat.

Athmane Ariouat was born in M’doukal, Batna. At the age of 10, his family moved to Algiers where he studied at the Conservatoire d’art dramatique d’Alger between 1969 and 1972. He also took Arabic theatre courses under Mustapha Kasdarli’s supervision. The rest of his biography can be found on Wikipedia (Ar, Fr) or in this video. Continue reading

Rouiched


He is known as Rouiched (as in little Rachid, big Rachid being great Rachid Ksentini) but his real name was Ahmed Ayad. He was born in 1921 in El Casbah, Algiers. He left school at the age of 13 and started working. He sold vegetables and fruits among other jobs.

Mahmoud Stambouli discovered him and helped him get a small role in Abdelhamid Ababsa‘s “estardje3 ya assi” play, and the public liked one scene where Rouiched punched the judge. Continue reading

Nebghih Redjla (I Like Machos)


I ran a Google search with the Algerian word ‘Redjla‘ and it returned a song by Cheba Sousou entitled ‘Nebghih Redjla‘. No Algerian blog would be complete without a post about the concept of ‘Redjla‘. The classic Omar Gatlato is the only Algerian film which attempted to explore this concept from a sociological perspective, but it dates back to the seventies (1977). Here is a clip which introduces Omar, or rather a clip where Omar introduces himself:

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Love – the Algerian Way


Valentine’s Day is a good opportunity to contemplate how Algerians express love. This year, I chose the following video of my hero l’Inspecteur Tahar to provide you with profound insights on the Algerian way to be in love:

Movie review: Mostefa Ben Boulaid


Mestafa Ben Boulaid, the film

I have finally managed to watch it. The movie is directed by Ahmed Rachedi and relates Mostefa Ben Boulaid‘s (played by Hacene Kechache) activist life.

The film starts with Ben Boulaid and his countrymen (in the Algerian 11th Regiment Riflemen) fighting in France against the Nazis, and returning injured to Algeria at the end of WWII. Then we’re taken to Batna to see his public and clandestine activities within the PPA and the OS. The film related the events before November 1st, 1954: the meetings of the 22, the discussions with Messali, and the final meeting of the 6 pictured while dissolving the CRUA, choosing the new organisation’s name (the FLN) and also the revolution’s starting day. Then Ben Boulaid is shown as the brave Moudjahid we know of, who leads his troops with intelligence while staying simple and humble. We see him go to Libya to buy some weapons, get arrested and tortured, plot the break out of the Koudia prison, and get back to his commanding position. The film ends with his death after trying to use a booby-trapped radio.

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The last passenger


Watch the video before reading the text.

Yesterday started the 63rd Cannes Festival during which the Algerian movie “Outside of the law” will finally be shown to the public; and we should then hear and read comments from people who would actually have seen it. The polemic around Rachid Bouchareb‘s work would then broaden or just Continue reading