Zanj Revolution

  • 136'
  • Algeria
  • 2013
In the 9th century in what is now Iraq, black slaves known as Zanj rebelled against the Abbasid Caliphate. Algerian journalist Ibn Battuta hears of this old revolution when reporting clashes within communities in Algeria. His investigation takes him to Beirut, from whence he plans to map out this Arab history. There he meets Nahla, a Palestinian woman whose family fled during the Lebanese Civil War to Greece. She wants to donate money to the Palestinians who are still living in Lebanon. Then there's Mr Prince, who has earned lots of money in Iraq. This capitalist Westerner also comes to the Lebanese capital. Tariq Teguia started collecting material in 2010 for his story about rebellion against oppression in the Arab region, with a powerful sense of the spirit of the times: the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen had yet to begin. His international production was made on a small budget, but you’d never guess from the beautiful camera work.
Director
Tariq Teguia
Country of production
Algeria
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
136'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Thwara Zanj
Language
Arabic
Producer
Tariq Teguia
Production Company
Neffa Films
Sales
Neffa Films
Screenplay
Tariq Teguia, Yacine Teguia
Cinematography
Nasser Medjkane, Hacène Aït Kaci
Editor
Rodolphe Molla
Sound Design
Abdelkader Affak, Kamel Ergani
Cast
Fethi Ghares, Diana Sabri
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund