Salah Issaad | Algeria, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia | 2021 | 92'
About 14 hours in the life of Soula Bahri (who plays herself in the film inspired by her story), a single mother rejected by her family who, in the attempt to find a roof where she can seek refuge with her new-born baby girl, is dragged into a mad night of abuse, drugs and humiliation. A road movie in the reactionary Alegria where even the youngest do not avoid conformist thought. An original portrait of an Arab anti-heroine who in her quest for freedom plunges into a spiral of violence.
Soula Bahri, Idir Benaibouche, Franck Yvrai
Issaad Film Productions
Salah Issaad, Soula Bahri
Best Feature Film (Women Beirut International Film Festival), Special Mention (Bouaamari Vautier)
Salah Isaaad was born in Algeria in 1989 and grew up in a family of publishers. After secondary school, he decided to study law. He then emigrated to France, where he studied film for two years at the University of Paris VIII. Alternating studies and professional activity, he attended first the ARFIS, the post-graduate school of film and audiovisuals in Lyon, then the École Internationale de Création Audiovisuelle et de Réalisation. In 2021, his debut film, Soula, was selected in the post-production phase at Final Cut in Venice, the Venice Film Festival programme for support for the finalization of African and Arab films.
2021 – Soula, ff
2020 – Je suis Cyrano, sf