JANITOU

By Amine HATTOU

MOLLY AIDA FILM - as PROD

Documentary - Development 2016

A journey to unravel love in past and contemporary Algeria by exploring the unique phenomenon of a Bollywood film that swept the country in the 1980s.

    • Year of production
    • 2016
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ALGERIA
    • Languages
    • ALGERIAN
    • Director(s)
    • Amine HATTOU
    • Producer(s)
    • Amine HATTOU, Costanza julia BANI (MOLLY AIDA FILM GMBH), Fabian DIERING (MOLLY AIDA FILM GMBH)
    • Synopsis
    • In Algeria in the mid-1980s, during a period of intense political and social unrest, the Bollywood film 'Janitou’
      became an unexpected overnight sensation throughout the country. It tells the timeless story of young lovers
      torn apart by the bigotry of their families and society at large.

      While the film has become lodged in Algerian popular culture, this documentary is a journey to unravel this unlikely but intimate connection between two distinct cultures, a truthful tribute to cinema, and an Algerian man’s personal quest to discover what love and repression are in past and contemporary Algeria.
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