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Mohamed Chouikh (born 1943) is an Algerian film-maker and actor.[1][2]

Mohamed Chouikh was born at Mostaganem, Algeria on 3 September 1943, where he was to become a stage actor with a troupe which later developed into the Algerian National Theatre. In 1965, he acted in one of Algeria's greatest film productions, L'Aube des damnés by René Vautier and Ahmed Rachedi. In 1966 he took the role of Lakhdar (the son) in Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina's highly successful Le vent des Aurès. In 1972 he directed L'Embouchure for Algerian TV, followed in 1974 by Les Paumés (1974). In 1982 he made his first feature-length film, Rupture, and has pursued a writer-director career since then.


  • Rupture (al-Inquita - Breakdown) 1982
  • La Citadelle (al-Qala - The Citadel) 1988
  • Youcef: La légende du septième dormant (Youcef kesat dekra sabera - Youcef: The Legend of the Seventh Sleeper) 1993
  • L'Arche du désert (The Desert Ark) 1997
  • Douar de femmes (Douar al-nisaa - Hamlet of Women) 2005
  • L'Andalou (Al Andalousee) 2014


  1. ^ Armes, Roy (June 2008). Dictionary of African filmmakers. Indiana University Press. pp. 139–. ISBN 978-0-253-35116-6. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  2. ^ Armes, Roy (2005). Postcolonial images: studies in North African film. Indiana University Press. pp. 218–. ISBN 978-0-253-34444-1. Retrieved 14 July 2011.

Further readingEdit

  • Guy Austin, "Mohamed Chouikh: From Anticolonial Commemoration to a Cinema of Contestation" in: Josef Gugler (ed.), Ten Arab Filmmakers: Political Dissent and Social Critique, Indiana University Press, 2015, ISBN 978-0-253-01644-7, pp. 166–187