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HELIOPOLIS

2021 | 115’ | Feature Fiction | 7-8 July

In the city of Guelma, which was once called Heliopolis in ancient times, the daily life of an Algerian family takes its usual course. But on 8 May, 1945, the day the end of World War II was announced, demonstrations by the Algerian people against the French colonial power and for the country’s independence took place, and were bloodily suppressed by the French army and French settler militias.

Inspired by real events, this period drama traces the beginning of the tragic events of 8 May 1945 and the massacres of Sétif, Guelma and Kherrata in Algeria during French colonization. A rarely explored topic in film, the official theatrical release in Algeria took place in May 2021 and sold out in most cities of the country.

DIRECTOR:
Djafar Gacem

COUNTRY:
Algeria

LANGUAGE:
2021 | 115’| Feature Fiction

ENGLAND PREMIERE

SCREENINGS

LONDON – CINE LUMIERE
7 JUL + PRE-SCREENING POETRY EVENT  20:15

COVENTRY –  WARWICK ARTS CENTRE
8 JUL   17:30

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