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Living In Paradise
[Al Aish Fil Jannah]

Feature Film

Bourlem Guerdjou


105 minutes

French and Arabic with English subtitles


Winner: Best First Film, Venice Film Festival

"Masterfully scripted and sensitively directed...an admirable feature debut." — Seattle International Film Festival

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Available for online sale
Available for online sale

Set in France in 1961-1962 during the Algerian War, Living In Paradise is a thought-provoking examination of the lives of North African immigrants trying to find a place in the social system of Western Europe.

The film focuses on Lakhdar, an immigrant construction worker living in the Nanterre shantytown. When he can no longer bear living without his wife and children whom he has left in southern Algeria, he brings them to live with him in France. Once there, Lakhdar’s relationship with his wife deteriorates as she joins with other immigrants in a political movement to resist French oppression while he increasingly begins to identify with French attitudes and lifestyles.

This film is available with a Digital Site License (DSL), which allows colleges, universities, or libraries to encode, locally host, and stream the film to their community on a closed, password-protected system.

Rental Information
This film is available from AFD for public screenings and television broadcast. For information regarding rental rates and formats, please contact [email protected] for institutional/non-theatrical screenings, or [email protected] for theatrical, festival, television, or other bookings.

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