The Foreign Son

Abdallah Badis / 79 min / France – Qatar / 2015

Answering the “call” of his native Algeria, of which he only retains childhood memories, a 50-year-old man returns there after many years. There seems to be a path unfolding just for him, and it is tortuous. A providential child will guide him. The apparently pristine wilderness is heavy with the past of the land. Along a fine line between reality and fantasy, this past will surface through archive footage. The uncanny trip will lead the foreign son to paradoxically connect with a land he hardly knows, and allow his intimate reunion with an estranged family.

French version here, with full technical specifications