ALI AUX PAYS DES MERVEILLES
Going by the name of Djurjura, Djouhra Abouda
started a musical career combining women’s
voices with Kabyle cultural claims in the early
1970. She began working as a filmmaker with
Algérie couleurs (1970-1972) and Cinécité (1973-
1974), both kaleidoscopic collages co-directed
with Alain Bonnamy within the experimental
film lab of Vincennes University. Shot in 16mm,
Ali au pays des merveilles is a more frontal,
radical, dazzling, militant and musical work,
in which “all images were filmed as punches”.
This tumultuous tract of a film, driven by its
uncompromising editing, exposes in plain sight
the condition of the female and male immigrant
workers in and around Paris in the 1970s. It is a
raging cry to French society, that wonderland
where exploitation and racism thrive, where
domination and the colonial spirit live on.
4K restauration in 2021 by Image Retrouvée based on original negatives and a 16mm copy, led by the Talitha association in collaboration with Abouda et Bonnamy.
Original Version : Algerian Arabic, French.
Assistant director : Jean Michel Marchais
Script : Bonnamy Alain, Abouda Djouhra.
Photography : Bonnamy Alain.
Editing : Nadia Fassil.
Music : Djamel Allam.
Sound : Abouda Djouhra.
Production : Abouda Bonnamy (eux mêmes).
Distribution : Léa Morin (Talitha)
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