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A Feature film by Hassan Legzouli

Produced by Why Not Productions

Release in France : 02/02/2005


    Nordine, the son of a Moroccan miner, has grown up in Sallaumines in Northern France.
    His father wishes to be buried in his native village in the Atlas mountains; in order to respect the elderly man’s wishes, Nordine accompanies him on his final journey home, thereby following the path of his roots back to a country that he’s never known. Along the way, memories rise to the surface.
    His encounters with Mimoun, a slightly crazy man from Tangiers, and Nora, a young woman searching for new horizons, allow him to discover more about his father, about whom he knows next to nothing, and the palpable reality of a country that he’s only caught glimpses of via a few family tales.
    “Tenja” echoes like a song that has been rolling around in our minds since childhood but whose lyrics have only just become clear.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Why Not Productions

    French distribution :

    Pierre Grise Distribution

    Foreign production company :

    Soread 2M

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    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producers :

    Hélène Cases, Pascal Caucheteux

    Screenwriters :

    Hassan Legzouli, Emmanuelle Sardou

    Sound recordists :

    Olivier de Nesle, Stéphane Thiébaut

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Florence Bory

    Sound Editor :

    Jean Gargonne

    Continuity supervisor :

    Odile Castagné

    Music Composers :

    Najib Cherradi, A. Ahouzar

    Location Manager :

    Albert Blasius

    Assistant directors :

    Hubert Barbin, Alain Baudy

    Director of Photography :

    Diego Martinez Vigniatti

    Assistant Operators :

    Arnaud Carney, Isabelle Dumas

    Editor :

    Nathalie Hubert

    Assistant editors :

    Cédric Coussy, Fanny Ficheux

    Production Designers :

    Éric Barboza, Bruno Lefebvre

    Costume designer :

    Sophie Dussaud

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Production language :

    Arabic, French

    Coproducer countries :

    Morocco, France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Morocco, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 20 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby DTS

    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections (3)