Sun 4 Jul

The Blessed + Q&A

Cert. tbc

Festivals & Series

SAFAR Film Festival

102 mins

in French and Arabic with EN subs

FRA/BEL/QAT | 2017 | dir. Sofia Djama, with Sami Bouajila, Nadia Kaci, Faouzi Bensaïdi

Algiers, a few years after the civil war. Amal and Samir have decided to celebrate their twentieth wedding anniversary in a restaurant. While on their way, they share their views on Algeria: Amal tells about lost illusions and Samir about the necessity to cope with them. At the same time, their son Fahim and his friends Feriel and Reda are wandering about in a hostile Algiers about to steal their youth.

Sofia Djama’s The Blessed explores the post-war state of mind of a city and its inhabitants: from jaded former revolutionaries to its emerging youth, navigating growing up in a city rendered immobile by its disconcerting past.

Sun 4 July 6.30pm

Followed by a live Q&A with director Sofia Djama

Sami Bouajila Double Bill : Book The Blessed and A Son for £20, £10 for 25 and Under members

Presented as part of the SAFAR Film Festival: Generational Encounters in Arab Cinema


25 and Under, cinema for £5

Get cheap film tickets with the 25 and Under Scheme at Ciné Lumière


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