Yema (Algeria: 2012)

Director

Djamila Sahraoui

Cast list

Djamila Sahraoui - Ouardia

Samir Yahia - Le gardien

Ali Zarif - Ali

Credits

Antonin Dedet - Producer

Olivier Guerbois - Producer

Sophie Mauger - Assistant Producer

Raphael O'Byrne - Cinematographer

Catherine Gouze - Film Editor

Boris Vassallo - First Assistant Director

Ludovic Leiba - Production Manager

Guillaume D'Ham - Supervising Sound Editor

Mathieu Langlet - Foley Engineer/Sound Re-recording Mixer

Alexandra Pocquet - Colorist

Xavier Sirven - Assistant Editor

Jennifer Gay - Translator

Stephane Medez - Title Designer

 

Synopsis

Yema starts out with an elderly woman named Ouardia (played by Yema’s very own Djamila Sahraoui) draggin the lifeless body of her son home. She then proceeds to bury him only to be stopped by a one-armed man at gunpoint stating that only men are allowed to bury the dead. After a struggle, Ouardia proceeds to bury her son. The film then pans out to a civil war caused by Algeria’s government and fundamentalists. It is revealed that Ouardia’s son was killed by insurgents on the orders of his older brother Ali, who was also the one who sent the one-armed man to stop Ouardia from burying her son and has ordered him to keep her prisoner at her own home. The film takes an emotional rollercoaster as Ouardia tends to her garden as a way to rebuild her life.

Reviews

Weissberg, Jay. ‘Yema’ Variety (online magazine)

Baughan, Nikki. Yema – Review Moviescope (online magazine)

Academic articles

Barlet, Oliver. Yema by Djamila Sahraoui (review). Black Camera, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall 2013)

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