L' Epopée du Cheikh Bouamama

  • L' Epopée du Cheikh Bouamama
Genre : Historical
Type : Biopic
Original title : Buamama
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv, History/society, Intercultural/migrations
Year of production : 1983
Format : Feature
Running time : 313 (in minutes)

Benamar Bakhti's film "L'épopée du Cheikh Bouamama", released in 1983, written by Boualem Bessaih and produced by public television (ENTV). The film was made with a cinema logistics in partnership with Italian teams. The film was released in several countries including Russia in 1985 and in the Arab world. It has never been broadcasted on a French television or in a French movie theater.
The film had highlighted an actor rarely played in the cinema: Athmane Ariouet who distinguished himself by playing with accuracy the charisma and spirituality of Sheikh Bouamama.
The success of the film convinced the winning duo Benamar Bakhti and Boualem Bessaih to continue in the portrayal of the heroes of the struggle against colonialism. Projects on Emir Abdelkader and Sheikh Mokrani were in preparation, but were eventually abandoned due to the economic crisis that hit the country after the end of the 80s.


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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