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Home > 22 June, L'Institut Franco-Japonais, Director Rabah Ameur-Zaimech Visits Tokyo

22 June, L'Institut Franco-Japonais, Director Rabah Ameur-Zaimech Visits Tokyo

Director Rabah Ameur-Zaimech Visits Tokyo for Special Retrospective at the Refuge Film Festival


    Director Rabah Ameur-Zaimech will be in Tokyo for a special three-film retrospective at the UNHCR’s Third Annual Refugee Film Festival, including the Japan premiere of Dernier Maquis.    


            Dernier Maquis, a selection this year for Cannes’ prestigious Director’s Fortnight, is the story of a Muslim entrepreneur whose choice of imam for his parking garage- turned-mosque leads to controversy and misadventure.  Bled Number One, for which Mr. Ameur-Zaimech received the Prix de la Jeunesse in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2006, examines in semi-documentary form the complexities of Franco-Algerian relations and life in Algeria through a protagonist who has been deported back to the land of his father.  Wesh, Wesh, What’s happening?, winner of the Wolfgang Staudte at the Berlin International Film Festival, depicts the Algerian diaspora living in France’s troubled areas.


            Mr. Ameur-Zaimech was born in Algeria in 1966 before moving to the suburbs of Paris at the age of two.  He earned a degree in human sciences before founding Sarrazink Productions in 1999 and realizing his first film project, Wesh, Wesh, What’s happening?, in 2002.


            The retrospective, presented in collaboration with L’Institut Franco-Japonais de Tokyo, will include six screenings, as well as Q&A sessions with the director.


Mr. Ameur-Zaimech will be available for interviews at the L’Institut Franco-Japonais de Tokyo in the afternoon of the 21st.  Requests are subject to his discretion.  As space is limited, we encourage those interested to inform us ASAP. 


For more information, please contact Refugee Film Festival Director Kiril Konin at 080 3436 0050, konin@unhcr.org.

Click on the following links for synopses and screening times: