Malek Bensmail  |  Arab Documentary Film Program  |  2009  |  Algeria
Origins 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.