52nd edition

Arais Min Kassab

Fortnight 1982, Feature film,


ARAIS MIN KASSAB is not only a film about women, it is also about people who are subjected to any humiliations.
I chose to direct Farida Benlyazid screenplay bacause I found the subjetc beautiful, strong and consistent. Nothing in it is artificial nor invented, it is a news tiem which arouses indignation. I have never felt so concerned and I would have liked to say much more about what people are suffering: victims of the age old institutions that are customs and traditions which make man strong and sure of his rights.
But I consider my images are not the end either of my work or Farida’s words because we and many others are continuing to think about these questions. Jillali FERHATI

Title in Original Version : Poupées De Roseau