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Nour, a young nurse, has just been hired at her dad’s chemical factory. Taking care of the infirmary, she uncovers long hidden secrets and arrangements between the syndicates, politicians, and industry leaders. Lies about polluting waste, employees being sick, work accidents... Now the young woman will have to choose between her father or become a whistleblower.... SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH

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    90 minutes
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    After losing her job as an emergency room nurse, Nour Hamadi (Zita Henrot) returns to her small hometown and takes a position as a nurse at the chemical plant where her father Slimane (Sami Bouajila) has worked for 30 years. As she settles into her new job, Nour becomes aware of multiple irregularities in the treatment of hazardous waste and the protection of workers. While her own father turns a blind eye in order to defend the factory that provides him with employment and serves as the region’s economic engine, Nour meets an investigative journalist (Céline Sallette) and finds herself compelled to become a whistleblower, at the risk of alienating her entire family. With his second feature, Algerian-French director Farid Bentoumi takes a nuanced look at the conflict between idealism and pragmatism in a complex political, economic, and environmental context sadly familiar to those who read the news (the film is based on true events). Co-produced by legendary Belgian filmmakers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and featuring their stalwart actor Olivier Gourmet, Red Soil establishes Bentoumi as a worthy heir to the Dardennes’ brand of socially relevant films in which regular people face the thorniest moral questions of our era.
  • Director
    Farid Bentoumi
  • Screenwriter
    Farid Bentoumi, Samuel Doux (collaboration), Audrey Fouché, (collaboration) Gaëlle Macé (collaboration)
  • Cast
    Zita Hanrot, Sami Bouajila, Céline Sallette