Merzak Allouache’s film “Bab el Oued City” presents an ominous, intensely atmospheric portrait of a working-class neighborhood in Algiers. It is a place where poverty, Islamic fundamentalism and the materialist mass culture beamed into people’s homes via satellite fuel an incendiary mix of conflicting attitudes. NEW YORK TIMES
Awarded at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival under the category “Un Certain Regard”.
This wicked tale, told with wit and irony has the ingredients of a crowed-pleaser. VILLAGE VOICE
Hyenas is the most exhilarating mix of exotica, comedy and tragedy since 1959’s Black Orpheus. NEW YORK POST, Larry Worth
In Hyenas, Djibril Diop Mambety’s pungent adaptation of the „Visit“, the setting has been moved from Europe to Africa. Although the film, keeps the outlines of the Dürrenmatt play intact, the change of locale lends the tale a new political dimension. NEW YORK TIMES, Stephen Holden
After obtaining their Secondary School diplomas, some young people plan to continue their education but are not sure which area to choose.
Djibril Diop Mambéty followed and filmed the shooting of “Yaaba”, Idrissa Ouédraogo’s (Burkina Faso, 1989) second feature film. A documentary full of humorous anecdotes regarding the dangers of shooting in Burkina Faso.
A well-bred young woman who prizes the virtue of fidelity remains faithful to the doctor who deflowers her, even after he marries her invalid sister.
Ten year old Bila and his cousin Nopoko live happily in their Sahelian village. Bila is taken with an elderly woman, Sana, whom he calls «Yaaba», although the rest of the village treats her as a witch. One day, Nopoko falls ill with tetanus; her condition worsens. Nobody in the village, not even the healer, can help her – except, perhaps, Sana.
Les auteurs montrent l’espoir insensé, la souffrance essentielle, mais aussi l’extraordinaire couleur poétique qu’insufflent, sur un monde dûment catalogué, ces êtres libres et malades d’identité.
Ce film a le mérite de montrer le désespoir derrière les apparences. LA TRIBUNE DE GENEVE
Les mots de ce film sont exclusivement ceux des Icariens, d’hommes et de femmes dont l’esprit voyage magiquement dans le temps entre réalité et imaginaire. LA SUISSE
Ikaria BP 14457 est un film profond et libre. HOFER FILMTAGE