• Khamsa
© Rezo films
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title :
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2008
Format : Feature
Running time : 110 (in minutes)

After fleeing from his foster family, Khamsa returns to the gypsy camp, where he was born thirteen years ago.
Nothing seems to have changed since he was forced to leave, the late night card games, the diving in the Mediteranean sea, the rooster fights… Khamsa is home again.
Until his best friend Coyote meets Rachitique, a small time crook, with whom they start petty robberies.
Khamsa's youth and innocence will rapidly fade away as he spirals down into delinquency....

"From one film to another, it's clearly always the underprivileged, the excluded, the minorities that attract me. Maybe my own dual ancestry naturally draws me toward an ethnic mix. And that cultural mix - I should say that culture shock - almost only happens among the disadvantaged. Social injustice is also a powerful driving force that motivates me artistically. It's a source of conflict, drama, tragedy, death… and therefore life. Witnessing injustice isn't an end in itself. On the other hand, directing my gaze (i.e. my camera) toward it allows me to transform my position, my subjectivity, into cinema."
Karim Dridi

Director: Karim Dridi
Screenplay: Karim Dridi
Cast: Marc Cortes, Raymond Adam, Simon Abkarian, Tony Fourmann, Mehdi Laribi, Magali Contreras
Country: France
Year: 2007
Duration: 110'
Producer: Mirak Films, Arte France Cinéma
Photography: Antoine Monod
Editing: Lise Beaulieu

Country: France
Year: 2008
Language: French
Runtime: 110 minutes
Format: Colour/35mm
Rating: 14A

Production Company: Mirak Films
Producer: Karina Grandjean, Karim Dridi

Screenplay: Karim Dridi
Cinematographer: Antoine Monod
Editor: Lise Beaulieu, Marie Liotard
Sound: Michel Brethez
Principal Cast: Marc Cortes, Raymond Adam, Tony Fourmann, Mehdi Laribi, Simon Abkarian

International Sales Agent: Rezo


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