The Repentant

Merzak Allouache

Festival year: 2013

When Algeria introduces an amnesty law for jihadists, young fighter Rachid decides to lay down his weapons. He trades his hiding place in the mountains for a new life as a bartender in the city. But gradually, the secrets from his past catch up with him.

Synopsis

In the nineties Algeria was the backdrop of a civil war between the government and Islamic fundamentalists. In order to put an end to the violence, the  Algerian president decided to grant amnesty to the jihadists that were hiding in the mountains. In return, they would have to renounce their extremism and cooperate to achieve their reintegration into civil society. Rachid is a former fundamentalist, a so-called ‘repenti’, who trades his hiding place in the mountains for a new life in the city. As the secrets from his past catch up with him, his newborn identity slowly crumbles off and the story takes a radical turn.

Credits

Algeria, France 2012, 87 min.

Fiction,

Spoken language: Arabic

Subtitles: Dutch

Productions:

JBA Productions

jbaprod@club-internet.fr, jbaprod@jbaproduction.com

0033 0148048460

Dutch distribution:

Contact Film

info@contactfilm.nl

+31 264434949

http://www.contactfilm.nl/

World sales:

Doc & Film International

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+33 142778966

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