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

Director

Assia Djebar

Cast list

Zohra Sahraoui

Aïcha Medeljar

Fatma Serhan

Kheira Amrane

Fatma Oudai

Khedija Lekhal

Credits

Assia Djebar...Writer

Ahmed Sedjane...Producer

Cherif Abboun...Producer

Hamni Farid...Producer

Nicole Schlemmer...Editor

Aresky Haddadi...Editor

Bela Bartok...Composer

Synopsis

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.

Reviews

Sarah Welsh, La Nouba des femmes du Mont Chenoua (1977). New York Times.

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

Rosalie C. Mackay, The Blending of Space and Time. English and Modern Languages Newsletter (Mansfield University).

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.

Flood, Maria. “Common Vulnerability: Community and Its Presentation in Assia Djebar’s La Nouba Des Femmes Du Mont Chenoua.” Modern & Contemporary France 21.1 (2013): 73-88.

Khanna, Ranjana. “The Battle of Algiers and the Nouba of the Women of Mont Chenoua : From Third to Fourth Cinema.” Third Text 12.43 (1998): 13-32.

Sharpe, Mani. “Representations of Space in Assia Djebar’s La Nouba Des Femmes Du Mont Chenoua.” Studies in French Cinema Studies in French Cinema 13.3 (2013): 215-25.

Taoua, Phyllis. “Of Prisons and Freedom: Liberation in the Work of Assia Djebar.” World Literature Today 86.6 (2012): 12-18.

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