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ADHEN

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

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