Indoor Screening

A&I Hall
Thursday 21 January 2021 | 8.00 pm

France | 2019 | 108 mins
Director: Mounia Meddour
Starring: Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda

In French and Arabic with English subtitles

Algiers, 1997. The country is in the hands of terrorist groups, seeking to establish an Islamic and archaic state. Women are particularly affected and oppressed by primitive diktas, who seek to take control of their bodies and control their passage through the public space.

While a frenzied hunt for women unveiled is launched, Nedjma, a young student passionate about fashion, is determined to federate the girls of her campus to organize a fashion show braving all the forbidden.


  • Winner Best First Film & Most Promising Actress (Lyna Khoudri), César Awards 2020.
  • Winner Audience Award & Best New Director, Valladolid International Film Festival 2019

Brisk, confident, and atmospheric […] Marked by a fierce vitality and vivid emotional authenticity, Papicha thrives on the heat of Nedjma’s anger and the glorious bond among the mostly young female performers.

The New York Times