A sombre testament to a personal and national tragedy.
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Algeria, 1990s. Nedjma (Lyna Khoudri starring in Wes Anderson’s upcoming THE FRENCH DISPATCH), an 18 year-old student passionate about fashion design refuses to let the tragic events of the Algerian Civil War keep her from experiencing a normal life and going out at night with her friend Wassila. As the social climate becomes more conservative, she rejects the new bans set by the radicals and decides to fight for her freedom and independence by putting on a fashion show.
Films inspired by true events are often expected to be somewhat inspirational, dramatising a true tale of triumph against the odds for audience entertainment. To its credit, Mounia Meddour’s film is a horrifying example to the contrary, subverting the genre’s expectations in this portrait of a young ...