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The Daughter of Keltoum (La Fille de Keltoum)

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Release Date:April 10, 2002
Running time:101 minutes
Cast:Cylia Malki, Baya Belal, Jean-Roger Milo, Fatima Ben Saidane, Deborah Lamy
Director:Mahdi Charef
Producer:Fabienne Servan-Schreiber
Writer:Mahdi Charef

Description: Mehdi Charef directs this gritty drama about the difficulties of being a women in the strict patriarchal societies of Northern Africa. The film centers on Rallia, abandoned by her mother as a baby and raised by a foster family in Switzerland, who is returning to her birth village for the first time to look for her mother. There she learns from her grandfather that her mother, Keltoum, works in a hotel in the city, returning to the village on Fridays. Rallia soon sheds her western designer clothes for traditional garb and helps her mad-crazed aunt with her chores. When Friday roles around, her mother fails to show up. Rallia and her aunt venture to the city to find her. Along the way, Rallia witnesses some brutal local customs that she has a hard time reconciling with her Western upbringing. . This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival.~ Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

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