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Directed by Salim Brahimi

Algeria 2015 95 mins.

Up to 200,000 Algerians are thought to have perished in clashes between the government and fundamentalist Islamist rebels in the 90s during the turbulent “dark decade.” Salem Brahimi’s pared-down drama traces one non-religious young couple—civil servant Nouredine and proud proto-feminist Yasmina—and their increasingly difficult lives as sectarian strife initially breaks them apart before bringing them back together under dangerous circumstances. Spanning a decade, the suspenseful narrative provides profound insight into the day-to-day lives of citizens caught up in a hell not of their making and of which they want no part.