|A Wife for My Son (Zawja Li Ibni).|
Ali Ghalem Algeria, 1982
An unflinchingly realistic portrayal of the life of a young woman in contemporary Algeria, A Wife for My Son tells of a young bride's struggle to break through to the husband who is a stranger to her-and if not, to break away altogether. Forced to give up her studies to marry a man whom she has never met, Fatiha is further frustrated when her husband plans to depart almost immediately for Paris as a guest worker, leaving her to live with his parents. Late in her pregnancy, Fatiha makes her own move-out of the house, never to return-and seeks a community of like-minded women with whom she can sort out her life. "A Wife for My Son mixes the present-day ethnological with fine flashes of whimsical insights in manners and morals...Ali Ghalem treats his subject with warmth and humor..." (Kell, Variety).
• Written by Ghalem, based on his novel. Photographed by Mahmoud Lekehal. With Keltoum, Samia Begga, Rahim Lalloui, Chafia Boudraa. (90 mins, In Arabic with English subtitles, Color, 35mm)