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China Is Still Far - La chine est encore loin

China Is Still Far

A Feature film by Malek Bensmaïl

Produced by Unlimited

Release in France : 28/04/2010

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Production and distribution (6)

Executive Producer :


Foreign production company :

Cirta Films

French distribution :

Tadrart Films

Co-productions :

3B Productions, INA - Institut National de l'Audiovisuel

Film exports/foreign sales :

Doc & Film International

News agency (France) :

Le Public Système Cinéma


November 1, 1954 near Ghassira, a small village nestled in the Aurès mountains. Two French teachers and an Algerian notable are the first civil victims of a war that will last for seven years and eventually lead to Algerian independence.

More than fifty years later, Malek Bensmail returns to this village, which became "the cradle of the Algerian revolution," to film this chronicle of it and its inhabitants throughout the seasons, capturing the present and the past.

The Algerian heartlands, larger than life, rich, poignant, confronted with its future.

Photos (8)

Full credits (10)

Executive Producer :

Philippe Avril

Foreign Producer :

Hachemi Zertal

Director of Photography :

Lionel Jan Kerguistel

Camera Operator :

Malek Bensmaïl

Editor :

Mathieu Bretaud

Screenwriter :

Malek Bensmaïl

Co-producer :

Jean Bréhat

Sound Recordist :

Dana Farzanehpour

Press Attaché (film) :

Céline Petit

Music Composer :

Camel Zekri

Technical details

Feature film

Genres :


Sub-genre :

Auteur documentary

Themes :

Childhood, Society

Production language :

Arabic, Berber, French

Coproducer countries :

France, Algeria

Original French-language productions :


Nationality :

Majority French (France, Algeria)

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French release :


Runtime :

2 h 10 min

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Audio format :

Digital DTS

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