28.9. Saturday

15:00 Filmforum Museum Ludwig

Price: 7 Euro / 5 Euro (reduced)

Merzak Allouache;

Algerien/Frankreich 2017;

OF arab./franz. m. dt. UT; DCP; 136 min.

This docufiction centres on the investigative questions posed by journalist Nedjma and her colleague Mustapha as they try to find out how people in the Muslim-majority Algeria imagine paradise. They travel right across the country looking for answers. They have conversations at markets in Algiers and in mosques on the edge of the Sahara, with naive youngsters and eloquent rappers, with feminists and artists, with Islamic dignitaries and secular writers, including Boualem Sansal and Kamel Daoud. The result is an on-screen sociological analysis of Algerian society, all shot in black and white, which brings to light some fascinating, amusing, flabbergasting – and at times downright disturbing – insight, such as when men in Algiers struggle for words when they are asked to explain what role their wives will play alongside the 72 virgins that devout Muslims are promised in paradise.

With directors Merzak Allouache and Fatima Sissani in attendance