A Rachid Bouchareb Retrospective featuring “Outside the Law”

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian

6712 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, CA  90028


Since his first film, Rachid Bouchareb has focused on correcting historical inaccuracies, specifically the Franco-Algerian colonial past, while advocating for religious tolerance and respect for differences amongst peoples. Born in Paris to an immigrated Algerian family, he was long seen as a political force within the French cinema. Nominated to the Best Foreign Film Oscar with Poussières de Vie in 1995, he found critical and public success with Little Senegal (2001) shot among the Afro-American community in Harlem, New York. But his most important success so far has been Indigènes (Days of Glory), the multi-award winning film and major hit at the French box office. “Cinema is a wonderful tool to converse with French society,” says Bouchareb.

Four films from the Oscar®-nominated director will be screened:

12:00PM – Little SenegalThe story of a 65-year-old Senegalese man who moves to Harlem, where he tracks down distant relatives also descended from Senegalese slaves transported to America in the early 19th century. FIPRESCI Prize, 2004.  (TRT: 97 mins)
7:00PM – Outside the Law

Written and directed by Rachid Bouchareb, the film is a dramatic telling of three Algerian brothers’ struggle for independence from France after WWII, and is a continuation of Bouchareb’s Academy Award nominated Days of Glory.

After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe.  Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won.  Official Algerian Entry to the 2010 Academy Awards ® Best Foreign Film.

Official website (TRT: 138 mins)

2:00PM – Days of Glory

Bouchareb paid tribute to the thousands of African soldiers who fought and died to free Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War. This lesson of history woke up French authorities: President Chirac at last recognized the duty of former colonies’ war veterans and increased their pensions. François Chalais Award, Cannes Film Festival, Cėsar Award, 2006. (TRT: 128 mins)

10:30PM – London River In the aftermath of the 2005 terrorist attacks, a white, Christian woman (Brenda Blethyn) and a black, Muslim man (Sotigui Kouyaté) meet up, each one looking for his missing child. Coming to US theaters in 2011! 2009 Berlin Festival, Silver Bear: Best Actor, 2009 (TRT: 87 min)
A Q&A with Rachid Bouchareb and Special Guests will follow the screening of  Outside the Law* at 9:30pm. Your confirmed reservation to OUTSDE THE LAW will guarantee a seat for the Q&A.

All screenings are complimentary.  Seating is  allocated on a first come-first served basis. RSVPs must be complete by Monday, December 6th at 5pm to: or by phone 818-349-8822.

Please provide:

  • Your FIRST and LAST name
  • Names of the films you would like to see
  • Number of tickets you are requesting for each film
  • Daytime phone
  • Email address

You will be sent an email on Tuesday, December 7 by 3pm with confirmation details.

In association with Cohen Media Group, Levantine Cultural Center and Sonatrach.

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