Born to an Algerian father and a Sudanese mother, he has been a mason, technical assistant, champion boxer and actor. He published "Boumkoeur", his first novel, in 1999. Then came "Mon nerf" and "Viscéral". Alongside his writing, he has made several documentaries seen in international festivals. After nine year of work, he completed his first feature Hold Back, shot without any financing.
Rachid Djaïdani started his film career as production assistant on La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz, before becoming a boxing champion and then an actor. He has published three novels and directed several documentaries and a webseries. In 2012 he made his first feature, Rengaine, on a tiny budget. The movie was selected for Directors' Fortnight and nominated for a the best First Feature for the Cesar Award. French Tour is his second feature.
2012 : Tour de France (2nd feature, World Premiere at the Directors's Fortnight, Cannes 2016)
2012 : Rengaine (1st feature, World Premiere at the Directors's Fortnight, Cannes 2012)
2011 : Une heure avant la datte (web doc)
2010 : Sur ma ligne
2006 : La ligne brune
www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com/rachid-djaidani-r13599.html (Cannes 2012)
www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com/qz_film/tour-de-france/ (Cannes 2016)