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Checks & Balances

Checks & Balances

A Feature film by Malek Bensmaïl

Release in France : 27/01/2016

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Participants (5)

Production and distribution (4)

Co-productions :

INA - Institut National de l'Audiovisuel, Magnolias Films

Film exports/foreign sales :

Hikayet Films

Foreign production companies :

Hikayet Films, Thala Films

French distribution :

Zeugma Films


Accommodated since Algeria's Bloody Decade of the 1990’s in the "House of the Press", the journalists of the famous daily newspaper El Watan await the completion of their new offices, a symbol of their independence.
My camera is embedded in their newsroom as they follow the events of this new Algerian spring…
President Bouteflika has set his sights on a 4th term. Beyond what we call the Arab revolutions and other mediatized terms, I wanted this film to serve as a memorial to the women and men, young and less young, who battle daily to safeguard the freedom of information in a politically and socially fossilized country.

Photos (8)

Full credits (11)

Associate producers :

Gérald Collas, Yann Brolli

Foreign Producer :

Malek Bensmaïl

Sound Recordist :

Hamid Osmani

Sound editor :

Delphine Telliez

Grader :

Rémi Berge

Participants :

Omar Belhouchet, Hacene Ouali, Hassane Moali, Mustapha Benfodil, Omar Kharoum

Screenwriter :

Malek Bensmaïl

Directors of Photography :

Malek Bensmaïl, Ouadi Guenich

Editor :

Matthieu Bretaud

Music Composers :

Phil Marboeuf, Camel Zekri

Sound mixer :

Delphine Telliez

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Feature film

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Production language :

French, Berber

Coproducer countries :

Algeria, France

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Runtime :

1 h 37 min

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Audio format :

Dolby 5.1