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El Amine Mohamed Hattou

Gender Male
Profile type Individual
Country Algeria
Category AFAC Documentary Program, Cinema
Year 2014, 2011



Searching for Janitou - Feature Documentary
Category: AFAC Documentary Program
Year: 2014
Status: Open

Algeria, mid 1980s. During a period of intense political and social unrest emerged the Bollywood film "Janitou” that tells the timeless story of two separated young lovers. Overnight, the film became an unexpected sensation throughout the country, and an integral part of the Algerian popular culture. Using this film as a tool, the filmmaker will confront his country and society to find out about love, gender, and identity in past and contemporary Algeria.



Searching for Janitou - Feature Documentary
Category: Cinema
Year: 2011
Status: Closed

Aa Gale Lag Jaa (Come, Embrace me) is the most popular Bollywood film in Algeria. Generation after generation, the film has acquired an epic status becoming the absolute reference for the Indian culture. Algerians call the film JANITOU, after the movie’s theme song. Searching for Janitou is a journey to unravel the phenomenon that is this Bollywood film and the unexpected connection it has created between Algeria and India. It explores the interweaving between two cultures far away from each other yet bound together by the shared stories of ‘Janitou’.



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