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Living in Paradise [Al Aish Fil Jannah]

From: Arab film Distribution

© 1998

Directed by Bourlem Guerdjou

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Set in France in 1961-1962, during the Algerian War, Living In Paradise is the story of Lakhdar (Roschdy Zem), an immigrant construction worker living in the Nanterre shantytown of France. Unhappy living alone in France, he brings his wife and children from Southern Algeria, to be with him, but the family struggles to make ends meet. In this clip Hiam Abbas (Lilia in Satin Rouge) plays an Algerian nationalist struggling to stir her compatriots into action. Here she succeeds, gathering many of the residents of the shantytown to participate in a demonstration in support of Algerian independence and the National Liberation Front (FLN). Lakhdar is reluctant to participate, but he eventually goes along and is beaten when French riot police try to break up the demonstration by force. Though fictional, the film underlies the important role played by the large immigrant community in France during the independence movement, as well as the role of women in the movement. For more on this see the documentary Half of Allah’s Heaven by Djamila Sahraoui.

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