Amine Hattou, Algeria,/Germany/Qatar, 2020

83 minutes / Arabic with English Subtitles

Algeria in the late 1980s, during a period of intense violence, a Bollywood movie has become an unexpected sensation all over the country. Following the nostalgia of this love story coming from far away, “Janitou” explores what love means in today’s Algerian society and detangles with tenderness and seriousness the emotional identity of a traumatized generation.


Amine Hattou is an Algerian filmmaker. He graduated from the Journalism Institute of Algiers in 2000. In 2009, he was selected to take part in La Fémis summer university (Paris, France), where he directed his first short documentary Two for Tango. In 2012, he joined the project’heurts association and founded the Bejaia Film Lab in 2015. This is a film platform dedicated to filmmakers and producers from the region in order to strengthen cinematographic production in the Maghreb and support the film industry. His first feature documentary, Janitou is scheduled for early 2020.

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