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Machaho

A Feature film by Belkacem Hadjadj

Produced by Les Films sur la Place

Release in France : 19/06/1996

    Synopsis

    Arezki, a Kabyle peasant, takes a dying young stranger into his home and struggles all through the winter to keep him alive. While he is recuperating, the young man, Larbi, has a secret love affair with the peasant’s daughter. Once he is well Larbi leaves for home, promising to return. A few months later the peasant discovers his daughter is pregnant. Suddenly, the whole meaning of his life is reduced to one objective: to avenge the stain on his honour. He goes hunting for Larbi. Meanwhile Larbi comes back to marry the daughter...

    Actors (3)

    Production and distribution (3)

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    "Machaho” is the first of the incantatory opening words, “Machaho tellem chaho”, with which old Kabyle women begin telling a story. To me as a young boy, it was a magic word which opened the doors of my imagination and sent me travelling. To me as an adult sharing the pain of present-day Algeria, it is a magic formula which carries me back to the world of my childhood, the individual, foetal childhood where you feel loved and protected. What I try to express in my film is the complex, ongoing relationship between tradition and modernity, memory and identity, which are so much a part of Algeria’s present woes. My film extols the virtues of tradition but it also sets out to condemn the archaic foundations on which every kind of fundamentalism is based."

    (Belkacem Hadjadj)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producer :

    Djafar Djaafari

    Directors of Photography :

    George Lechaptois, Rachid Merabtine

    Press Attachés (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar, Dany Martin

    Sound Editor :

    Mourad Louanchi

    Music Composer :

    Idir

    Screenwriter :

    Belkacem Hadjadj

    Sound recordists :

    Kamel Mekasseur, Laurent Zeilig

    Editors :

    Rachid Mazouza, Diane Logan

    Production Designer :

    Larbi Arezki

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

    Production language :

    Arabic

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    1996

    French release :

    19/06/1996

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    85.335

    Visa issue date :

    11/01/1996

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Director

    Festival Selections

    Montreal World Film Festival - 1995

    Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 1995)

    Selection

    Compétition internationale