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.

Director: Mounia Medder
Country: France I Algeria I Belgium I Quatar
Genre: Drama/Narrative
Year: 2019

Director - Mounia Meddour

Mounia Meddour is a writer, director and producer. She was born in Moscow, of a Russian mother but she is also of Algerian descent. She was raised in Algeria but she relocated to France with her family at the age of 18 as a result of death threats they received during Mouthe Algerian Civil War. Meddour studied journalism at the University of Algiers before she joined the summer directing program at La Fémis. She has directed several documentaries and her first short film Edwige (2011) was selected into numerous international festivals and received a number of awards. Papicha is Meddour’s first feature film. She began writing and developing the film seven years ago with the objective to show the battle that Algerian women waged during Algeria’s civil war. She hopes that the film will open doors for other women to feel free to tell their own stories. Meddour credits her father, who was a filmmaker, for much of her passion and courage, as well as her determination to tell stories. She believes that men and women today can build a strong and powerful universal world together.


RVK Feminist Film Festival