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Papicha (15)

Borderlines Film Festival
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Director: Mounia Meddour
Starring: Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda
Duration: 106 minutes

French with English subtitles.

Reminiscent of Mustang, a band of girls in their late teens in ’90 Algiers collude to resist restrictions on their freedom and independence in their own way. Algeria is in the throes of Civil War, with terrorist groups seeking to establish an archaic Islamic state. Women are particularly affected and oppressed by primitive diktas, who seek to take control of their bodies and control their presence in public spaces. While a frenzied hunt for unveiled women is launched, Nedjma, a young student passionate about fashion, loves going out at night with her friend Wassila. Determined, she brings together the girls on her campus to organise a fashion show that flies in the face of all that is forbidden.

Preview courtesy of Peccadillo Pictures.

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