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Set in a rent-controlled Paris suburb populated entirely by North Africans, this comedy of music and cross-culturalism centers on a battle waged between the neighborhood youth, who are seeking a way in which to integrate their native cultures with French ways, and the fundamentalist Muslim faction who insist that separatism and staunch adherence to their faith is the only way to live. Rachid and Krimo (played by popular Algerian Rai singers [[Performer~P230536~Khaled~khalèd]] and [[Performer~P230613~Cheb Mami~chebmami]]) are the leaders of Rap Oriental, a pop band that combines Rai music with rap/hip-hop. Their radical music gets the two in trouble with the local leader Slimane, a hypocritical bigot who makes money by strong-arming area merchants. Slimane proclaims that Islam, not music, is what modern youth need to stay out of trouble. The mayor supports him and this has a divisive effect on the band. A comedy with a satirical edge that takes many swipes at religious fundamentalism, the film has earned director [[Performer~P231980~Mahmoud Zemmouri~mahmoudzemmouri]], who has lived in Paris for 15 years, death threats from Islamic extremists. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

  • Release date:June 23, 2000

Cast

Khalèd
as Rachid
Cheb Mami
as Krimo
Mouss
as Slimane
Najim Laouariga
as Madjid
Youssef Diawara
as Syha
Patrice Thibaud
as Bernard

Crew

Mahmoud Zemmouri
Director
Mahmoud Zemmouri
Screenwriter
Marie-Laurence Attias
Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Vicquery
Cinematographer
Noel Very
Cinematographer
Khalèd
Composer (Music Score)
Cheb Mami
Composer (Music Score)
Cheb Tarik
Composer (Music Score)
Cheb Fethi
Composer (Music Score)
Mohamed Maghni
Composer (Music Score)
Cheb Tahar
Composer (Music Score)
Voucet Tobni
Editor
Mahmoud Zemmouri
Production Designer
Mahadevi Apavou
Costume Designer
Henri Morel
Sound/Sound Designer
Ricardo Castro
Sound/Sound Designer
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