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Alger, années 90. Nedjma, 18 ans, étudiante habitant la cité universitaire, rêve de devenir styliste. A la nuit tombée, elle se faufile à travers les mailles du grillage de la Cité avec ses meilleures amies pour rejoindre la boîte de nuit où elle vend ses créations aux « papichas », jolies jeunes filles algéroises. La situation politique et sociale du pays ne cesse de se dégrader. Refusant cette fatalité, Nedjma décide de se battre pour sa liberté en organisant un défilé de mode, bravant ainsi tous les interdits.


Algeria, the 1990s civil war, violent fundamentalists limit women’s freedom. Nedjma (charismatic Lyna Khoudri), in year 3 of French studies in college, is obsessed with fashion designing. Everyday life soon becomes more restrictive and even life-threatening, yet Nedjma and her best friend still find ways to sneak-out of their locked dormitory at night and sell handmade dresses in discotheque washrooms. Many of Nedjma’s contemporaries have emigrated, but Nedjma refuses to leave her beloved Algeria. Why not assert female pride and independence by organizing a fashion show, outfoxing the radicals?

Inspired by real events, first-time director-co-screenwriter Mounia Meddour spins a harrowing tale bursting with energy.

  • Year
    2020
  • Runtime
    109 minutes
  • Language
    Français-arabe sta
  • Country
    France, Algeria, Qatar, Belgium
  • Director
    Mounia MEDDOUR
  • Cast
    Lyna KHOUDRI, Shirine BOUTELLA, Amira Hilda DOUAOUDA, Zahra DOUMANDJI, Yasin HOUICHA