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Rachida is a 2002 Algerian drama film directed by Yamina Bachir. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was also the first 35mm full length feature directed by an Algerian woman that was released wide-spread.[2]

Directed byYamina Bachir
Produced byThierry Lenouvel
Margarita Seguy
Written byYamina Bachir
StarringIbtissem Djouadi
CinematographyMustafa Ben Mihoub
Edited byCécile Andreotti
Yamina Bachir
Release date
  • 21 May 2002 (2002-05-21)
Running time
93 minutes



Rachida lives and teaches in a popular neighborhood in Algiers. Like most of her countrymen, she thinks the conflict which is bleeding out her country does not affect her, until the day she is confronted by a group of terrorists that includes a former student of hers, Sofiane. The group asks her to plant a bomb in her school. When she refuses, the terrorists shoot her in cold blood. She saves her life miraculously and takes refuge in a nearby village.


  • Ibtissem Djouadi - Rachida
  • Bahia Rachedi - Aïcha
  • Rachida Messaoui En - Zohra
  • Hamid Remas - Hassen
  • Zaki Boulenafed - Khaled
  • Amel Choukh - La mariée
  • Abdelkader Belmokadem - Mokhtar
  • Azzedine Bougherra - Tahar
  • Amal Ksili - Fatima


  • Festival Miroirs et Cinémas d'Afriques Marseille 2007
  • 13 Black Movie - Festival de films des autres mondes Ginebra, Suiza 2003
  • London Film Festival 2002
  • Festival International du Film d'Amiens 2002


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Sandstorm". Retrieved 31 October 2009.
  2. ^ Ames, Roy (2015). New voices in Arab cinema. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. p. 12. ISBN 9780253015228. Retrieved 17 December 2015.

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