OUR BROTHERS (NOS FRANGINS)

SPIRIT | WORLD

France, Algeria 2022, 92 min, Director: Rachid Bouchareb

Police brutality receives considerable media attention during our current Black Lives Matter moment, but French director Rachid Bouchareb’s (Days of Glory, MVFF29) drama serves notice that it’s been a social ill for far too long. Looking back with anger at the cruel murders of Abdel Benyahia and Malik Oussekine in 1986 Paris, Our Brothers has the solemn air of a procedural, following Oussekine’s older brother Mohamed (Reda Kateb) as he tries to determine what happened to Malik, and discovers police who will stop at nothing to hide their misconduct. An Oscar® nominee and a producer of The Insult (MVFF40), Bouchareb uses this sobering true story, set against a backdrop of student protests for higher-education reform, to examine how the killings resulted from police arrogance and incompetence, and how law-enforcement officials conspired to bury the truth. Drawing a straight line between past and present, Our Brothers is enraging, but its fury also proves to be cleansing. —Tim Grierson
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In French with English subtitles

IN PERSON: actor Samir Guesmi


Showtimes

In-Person


7:00 PM — Sequoia 2

3:00 PM — Rafael 1

Director

Rachid Bouchareb worked as an assistant director for Société française de production, France’s state television production company, from 1977 until 1984 before making his transition into feature filmmaking. He made his debut in 1985 with BATON ROUGE, winner of the Golden Unicorn for Best Film at the Amiens International Film Festival. Three of his films received Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® nominations, DUST OF LIFE (1995), DAYS OF GLORY (2006), and OUTSIDE THE LAW (2010).

Film Info

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Year:

1995

Running Time:

92

Director:

Rachid Bouchareb

Producers:

Rachid Bouchareb, Cedric Ettouati

Cinematographers:

Guillaume Deffontaines

Editors:

Guerric Catala

Writers:

Kaouther Adimi, Rachid Bouchareb

Cast:

Reda Kateb, Lyna Khoudri, Raphael Personnaz, Samir Guesmi

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