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120'

France, Algeria, 2008


Programmed by Sylvain Baldus

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Synopsis


Le 1er novembre 1954, près de Ghassira, un petit village perdu dans les Aurès, un couple d’instituteurs français et un caïd algérien sont les premières victimes civiles d’une guerre de sept ans qui mènera à l’indépendance de l’Algérie. Plus de cinquante ans après, Malek Bensmaïl revient dans ce village chaoui, devenu “le berceau de la révolution algérienne”, pour y filmer, au fil des saisons, ses habitants, son école et ses enfants.

Tënk's opinion


Through several portraits of locals from the small village of Aurès, set in an iconic past, Malek Bensmaïl manages to gauge the lay of the land in rural Algeria, still scarred by History. With an admirably structured approach to his filmmaking, he patiently weaves together the fabric of a dry, daily existence, and lets the challenges brought by the wonderfully enigmatic title of the film gradually loom to the surface. "China Is Still Far Away" is the fruit of a long and intensive period of immersion, and uncovers a contemporary reality that is powerfully allegorical!

S.B.

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