Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Papicha

 

Year: 2019
Country: FRANCE, ALGERIA, BELGIUM, QATAR
Run Time: 105 minutes

Papicha
Papicha
Papicha
Papicha

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.

Algeria’s Best International Feature Film Oscar® Submission

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 11:40 AM

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 6:35 PM

Sidebars
African Diaspora
Film Is Art
Voices of the Arab World
Women of the World

Competitions
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition

Director

Director
Mounia Meddour

Producers
Xavier Gens, Patrick André, Grégoire Gensollen, Belkacem Hadjadj

Screenwriting
Mounia Meddour

Cinematography
Léo Lefevre

Editing
Damien Keyeux

Principal Cast
Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda, Zahra Doumandji

Print Source

Film Sponsors

Kent State University Museum

Community Partners

Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies

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