Sat Dec 13,2008

DIFF Film Weds Religion and Workplace Politics in Statement on Muslim Lives in France

The latest film from Algerian-French director Rabah Aimeur-Zaimeche, Adhen:  Dernier Maquis, is set in an industrial yard that becomes a strangely beautiful setting for a dispute among Arab and African Muslim immigrants in the Paris suburbs.

The director and his brother, both actors in the film, will be present at the DIFF screenings to answer questions from the audience.

The boss of the yard—played by the director himself—is nicknamed ‘Mao’ by the workers, since his leadership style is to feign interest in the workers’ welfare so that they will not ask for higher wages or benefits.

Mao’s latest trick is to convert one of the warehouse rooms into a mosque, which they appreciate, but suspect is another tactic to pacify them. His mistake is to choose the Imam without consulting them, which sets the men against him and each other in an amusing and poetic exploration of religion and the North African immigrant experience.

Aimeur-Zaimeche’s previous films include the award-winning Wesh-Wesh and Bled Number One, and Adhen has met with similar success thus far—the film was selected for the Cannes Director’s Fortnight and has shown in the world’s most prestigious festivals.

Adhen will screen at DIFF on Sunday,  December 14 at 21:30, and on December 16 at 16:00, both at Cinestar Mall of the Emirates.

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