Papicha (2019)

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Nedjma is a free-spirited and independent young student. She refuses to allow the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War keep her from experiencing a normal young woman’s life. She dreams of becoming a fashion designer, goes to university, and sneaks out at night to dance her sorrows away with her friend Wassila. Nedjma embraces life with open arms, but as the social climate becomes more conservative, she discovers her apolitical behaviour is considered a form of insurgency. When she loses a childhood friend in an attack, she decides to make a political statement by organising a fashion show to fight everything the war wants to repress: freedom, women’s independence, and the prospect of a future. During her journey of personal resistance, Nedjma will discover that the celebration of life is often to be paid for in death.

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