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Country: FRANCE, ALGERIA, BELGIUM, QATAR
Run Time: 105 minutes
University student, Nedjma—affectionately known as PAPICHA—is a high-spirited, budding fashion designer despite rising threats to women’s autonomy amid the Algerian Civil War. While Nedjma continues her studies, armed fundamentalists shoot dissenters in the street and bomb cultural institutions. Posters demanding women cover themselves in hijabs and abayas hang all over campus. But Nedjma and her friends sneak out to secretly sell her designs in nightclub bathrooms. After her sister, a journalist, is the victim of a targeted attack, Nedjma resolves to combat growing intolerance with a fashion show featuring her new collection. Undeterred by direct intimidation from terrorist groups, Nedjma plans to use her friends as models and have her boyfriend build the catwalk. The campus is invaded by oppressive forces as they enter classrooms and dorm rooms to assert their order, but Nedjma continues to sew. Faced with brutality and chaos, PAPICHA’s hunger for self-expression and love for her country is boundless in this unapologetic debut feature. (In Arabic and French with subtitles) — D.O.
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