ADHEN - DERNIER MAQUIS

Muhr Arabic Feature
Algeria, France / 2008 / Arabic, French dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 35 mm / 93 minutes

Winner of Muhr Arab / Feature /Special Jury Prize: Rabah Ameur-Zaimeche (Director)

Winner of Muhr Arab / Feature /Best Composer: Sylvain Rifflet (Composer)

Winner of Muhr Arab / Feature / Best Editor: Nicolas Bancilhon (Editor)

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Synopsis

A run-down truck yard, somewhere in the Parisian suburbs, and a micro-society of disaffected workers - mainly Arab and African immigrants - are mutinous. Their boss, a deceptively genial character mockingly nicknamed 'Mao', manages to consistently elide out of any serious efforts at improving their wages and conditions. In a bid to calm his disaffected workforce, 'Mao' creates an on-site mosque for the men, appointing an imam to lead prayers. But the move soon backfires as resentment amidst the workers is re-focused, on the mosque and the imam - and 'Mao'. 'Adhen' is a powerful and stark piece of socio-realist storytelling.

Genre

Drama

Cast & Credits

15+

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