France / Algeria, 2008 (MIFF 2008, Africa! Africa! )
Director: Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
A gentle comedy at the crossroads of manual labour and religious belief.
On the outskirts of Paris, Algerian and French cultures clash in a bleak industrial zone, where stacks of pallets are prepared and trucks are fixed by hard-working Muslim immigrants. Factory owner Mao runs a tight ship; a strict employer, he manages to keep his workers on side by building a mosque on the premises, emphasising the connection between labour and devotion.
But when he appoints an Imam - a mosque leader - without consulting the workers, the tensions created weaken Mao's grandiose designs and threaten to put an end to his exploitation.
"A microcosm of Muslim immigrant hopes and tensions." - Variety
D/P Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche S Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Louise Thermes WS UMedia L French w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008/93mins