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Checks & Balances

Checks & Balances

A Feature film by Malek Bensmaïl

Release in France : 27/01/2016


    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.

    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

    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

    Technical details

    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