Les ambassadeurs (The Ambassadors) (Tunisia: 1977)

Director

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

 

Credits

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

Synopsis

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.

Reviews

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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