Les ambassadeurs (Tunisia: 1977)


Naceur Ktari

Cast list

Sida Ali Kouiret...Salah
Jacques Rispal...M. Pierre, le concierge
Tahar Kebaili...Mehdi
Marcel Cuvelier...Pierre
Mohamed Hamam...Ahmed
Dominique Lacarrière...Zohra
Faouzi Kasri...Ali
Pierre Forget...Cecelle
Dynn Yaad...Kamel
François Thuries...The teacher
Med Hondo...Med
Catherine Rivet...Catherine
Didane Oumer...Hedi
François Dyrek...Paul
Raoul Curet...The teacher
Gilberte Géniat...The baker
Guy Mairesse...The watchman
Khemais Khayati...Aziz
Paul Pavel...Journalist
Denise Péron...Denise
Alice Reichen...A teacher
Yves Wecker...Nicolas
Jenny Clève...Simone
Annie Noël...Josette


Screenplay...Lise Bouzidi, Christine Jancovici, Ahmed Kassem, Naceur Ktari, Gérard Mauger
Delegate Producers...Alain Dahan, Hassen Daldoul
Music...Hamadi Ben Othman
Cinematography...Jean-Jacques Rochut
Film Editing...François Ceppi
Production Design...Denis-Martin, Sisteron
Productions Managers...Alain Dahan, Hassen Daldoul, Ahmed Grech
Sound Department...Antoine Bonfanti, Auguste Galli, Hachim Joulak


In a district similar to New York’s Harlem, Goutte d'Or in Barbès, Paris, North African immigrants, unwanted elsewhere, live. The Arabic and French communities, forced to live together, are intolerant of each other and confrontational. Salah, who comes from southern Magrheb, discovers the life of an immigrant in Paris and acts as witness to the incidents that weave the daily life of his countryment. This is painful for him to watch. French racist neighbors initiate assaults that escalate to a double murder. Salah, assisted by comrades, decides they must act and organizes a mass demonstration. The Arabic community gathers at the courthouse united and determined.


Gene Moskowitz, Les ambassadeurs, Variety (Newspaper archived online).

Cinemas of the Maghreb by Roy Armes. Black Camera, Vol. 1, No. 1, The New Series (Winter 2009), pp. 5-29.

A la recherche du cinéma de l’Afrique francophone by Jean Paulhan. The French Review Vol. 55, No. 6, Literature and Civilization of Black Francophone Africa (May, 1982), pp. 912-914.

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