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Their Algeria

Documentary Film
70 minutes

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Lina Soualem
Marie Balducchi
Karima Chouikh
Palmyre Badinier
Anna Berthollet
Gladys Joujou
Julie Tribout
Rémi Durel
Julie Rhône
Anna Berthollet
After 62 years of living together, Aïcha and Mabrouk, my grandparents, are separated. They now live in two separate buildings, facing each other. I didn’t understand their separation. No one explained it to me. I don’t know their story. No one told it to me. Aïcha and Mabrouk got married in 1952, in the village of Laouamer in Algeria. Two years later, they settled in Thiers, a small medieval town in Central France where they have been living for over 60 years. Through the intimate portrait of Aïcha and Mabrouk, this film shines a light on the distances we carry within ourselves and perpetuate with those we love while unpicking and documenting the indelible suffering of a colonised mind.