Family (The)

  • Famille (La) - El-aayla
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2020
Format : Feature
Running time : 95 (in minutes)

Algiers 2019. While the Hirak is in full swing and the hope of a profound political change is blowing over Algeria, Merouane, a corrupt former minister, and Khadidja, his exuberant wife, have only one idea in mind: to sell their numerous ill-gotten gains and leave the country with their daughter Sarah, before the law catches up with them. But in the urgency and panic of this forced departure, each member of the family asserts himself and antagonisms multiply. Will the strong ties that bind the family together hold? 

Original title : El-aayla
English title: The family
Director: Merzak Allouache
Screenplay : Merzak Allouache, Bahia Allouache
Genre : Fiction
Cast: Hamida Aït el-Hadj, Abderrahmane Ikariouane, Nacer-eddine Djoudi, Nardjes Asli, Adlane Djemil, Meriem Amiar, Khaled Benaïssa, Mohamed Bendaoud...

A film by Merzak Allouache selected for the 2021 Angoulême Francophone Film Festival


  • 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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