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Mohamed Zinet

TAHIA YA DIDOU

Algeria / 1971 / 76’

Mohamed Zinet
Commissioned by the City of Algiers to promote
tourism, the result was considered disappointing
and this unique film by actor Mohamed Zinet
was left in a drawer. And yet it has all the
ingredients of a cult film. This hymn to the white
city assembles and blends together different
tones, off-the-cuff documentary shots, funny
and dramatic fictional scenes, broadening its
palette from burlesque (primitive and with a
touch of Tatie) to political tragedy, through a
filmed declaration, an ode to the white city,
regularly punctuating throughout. The film was
completed in 1971 – but dated 1969 within the
film – still a few years off from independence.
The final chapter is devoted to the liberation
and is a striking contrast to the preceding
elation, delivering with overwhelming force and
accuracy the true source of joy that zig zags
through the work, final sequence included.
(Jean-Pierre Rehm)

Technical sheet

Original Version : Arabic.
Script : Mohamed Zinet, Himoud Brahimi.
Photography : Ali Marok, Bruno Muel, Pierre Clément.
Sound : A. Oulmi.
Music : Mohamed El-Anka.
Production : Mairie d’Alger.
Distribution : CNCA (Alger)

Director

Mohamed Zinet

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