Lamine Ammar-Khodja’s Algerian chronicles

This year, Algeria turned 50. Algerian filmmaker Lamine Ammar-Khodja aims at telling this historical moment through first-person chronicles. His latest series of short-films was made for the project A Summer in Algiers, which gathers the work of four young Algerian directors. In six episodes, Ammar-Kohja films the inhabitants of Algiers from his window: he follows and questions them with an eery, slightly melancholic tone. In this third episode, entitled “Friday and Robinson” as a reference to the novel by Michel Tournier, Ammar-Khodja follows the Algiers’ Friday street life, the boredom and the religious occupations which fill the day.

After studying computer science, Lamine Ammar-Khodja realised his first series of short films (Algiers Less Than Zero, ’56 South and How to Straighten Up an Outlaw by Pulling a Thread). His feature movie Ask Your Shadow was awarded at the International Documentary Film Festival (FID) in Marseille this July.

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