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Original title: Papicha
German title: Papicha
105 min
Youth Film
Algeria, France, Morocco, Qatar
from 16 years
2019 | Chemnitz Festival Premiere
Direction: Mounia Meddour
Script: Fadette Drouard, Mounia Meddour
Cast: Lyna Khoudri, Nadia Kaci


2019 | Youth Film

Additional Information
Léo Lefèvre
Damien Keyeux
The Ink Connection, High Sea Production

Algeria, in the early 1990s: civil war is raging in the country. Radical militant groups try to establish an Islamist state, and those standing in their way are eliminated. Nedjima lives during this period of time. The 18-year-old studies French and is enthusiastic about fashion design. Together with her friends, she does everything ‘papichas’, pretty young girls, are not supposed to do – they have parties, wear revealing clothes and show provocative behaviour. Even war cannot stop them from wanting to lead a normal life. But political tension in the country is growing. Women are increasingly oppressed, controls are tightened and the number of violent conflicts increases. But Nedjima continues to refuse the conservative regime. When her sister is shot dead before her eyes, her world is collapsing. In her distress and anger, the longing for political change increases. As part of the struggle for her freedom, Nedjima therefore decides to put on a fashion show despite all risks.

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