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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


    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.

    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

    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)

    Production year :


    French release :


    Runtime :

    2 h 10 min

    Current status :


    Visa number :


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    Audio format :

    Digital DTS

    Rating restrictions :