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RFT Online Film Screening - Papicha

Written and directed by MOUNIA MEDDOUR

Watch anytime till 31 Jul 2021


Reading Film Theatre (RFT) is teaming up with Peccadillo Pictures to bring you the virtual release of Papicha.


Underground discos thud to the beat of dance music as men and women dress to the nines and slip through checkpoints to party the night away. Meanwhile, fingers on triggers, tensions mount between armed police forces and anti-government guerillas. This is Algiers in the 1990s, and what headstrong fashion student Nedjma, ‘Papicha’ to her friends, doesn’t know, is that her life is about to change forever… 

Lifting the lid on the radical events of the Algerian Civil War, Mounia Meddour’s ‘Papicha’ follows the trials and tribulations of a group of determined young women as they come face to face with a new, dangerous reality.

France/Algeria/ Belgium/Qatar 2019. A Film by MOUNIA MEDDOUR starring LYNA KHOUDRI, SHIRINE BOUTELLA and AMIRA HILDA DOUAOUDA 
Running time 105 min | Cert 15 | French and Arabic with English Subtitles


Winner 2 French Cesar Award – Best First Film and Most Promising new Actress (best newcomer) in 2019



RFT chair Juliet Hanfling says:

"A fashion show in a society where women are expected to be covered up? I thought this sounded like an unlikely subject for a film. This is a fascinating insight into the lives of women in Algeria. It is really about the power of women and the bond between them and it made me feel lucky to live in a society where women are allowed to be free to choose to wear what they want." 


For just £9.49 you will be able to stream this new release from director Mounia Meddour from the comfort of home. The film will be available from 7th of August and you will have 48 hours to view the film once you have paid.

The first 50 RFT customers can also receive a £1 discount when using code RFT-PAPICHA