Checks and Balances
Category: AFAC Documentary Program
From the heart of an independent newspaper in Algiers, the legendary daily El Watan, this documentary film raises the issues of freedom of the press, editorial decisions, past and current events in Algeria, state authoritarianism, terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism, the issue of language, and the drive and bravery of some to confront and reveal what many would rather keep hidden.
Origins - Feature Documentary
Category: Arab Documentary Film Program
Odysseys is a film, set in Algeria that mixes documentary and fiction. It tells the story of a well-known Algerian actor’s encounter with a Japanese actress who wants to adapt for the stage the story of Ibrahim Oulema, a Muslim theologian who traveled to Japan at the turn of the last century and pondered ‘Arabo-Muslim’ fascination with the West and the failure of his country’s own modernization. Together, they retrace Oulema’s journey and ask themselves the same questions one century later.