La Nouba des femmes du Mont Chenoua (Algeria: 1977)


Assia Djebar

Cast list

Zohra Sahraoui
Aïcha Medeljar
Fatma Serhan
Kheira Amrane
Fatma Oudai
Khedija Lekhal


Writer: Assia Djebar
Producer: Ahmed Sedjane, Cherif Abboun, Hamni Farid
Editor: Nicole Schlemmer, Aresky Haddadi
Composer: Bela Bartok


Lila returns to her native Algeria fifteen years after the war for independence, caught up in memories of the war that shaped her childhood. With documentary-style footage, she speaks with other women and compares her life with theirs, and in the structure of la nouba, a traditional song with five parts, reflects on the power of women passing their history and resilience through generations.


The Nouba of the Women of Mount Chenoua (La Nouba des femmes du Mont-Chenoua). Doha Film Institude.

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Bensmaïa, Réda, and Jennifer Curtiss Gage. “La Nouba Des Femmes Du Mont Chenoua: Introduction to the Cinematic Fragment.” World Literature Today 70.4 (1996): 877-84.

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