On 18 December 1975, the “black march” was launched by Algerian President Houari Boumédiène, in order to expel within 48 hours tens of thousands of Moroccans residing in Algeria, even residents for several generations. It is this painful episode of Moroccan history that Moroccan filmmaker Narjiss Nejjar chose to explore in her latest film, “Apatride”.
This fiction follows the path of a 35-year-old woman haunted by a torn apart childhood by this forced exile. At twelve, she must flee Algeria with her father, leaving behind her mother. And grew up with the obsession of returning to Algeria to find her mother.
French actress Julie Gayet, Mohammed Nadif, Avishay Benazra, Aziz Fadili and Nadia Niazi, are all staring in the movie. “Apatride” was filmed at Moulay Bousselham last May, and will be presented next week at the Dubai Film Connection. The film will soon be released in Morocco.