In his first full-length film, Djamel Kerkar begins with the pain that brought death to Algeria throughout the black decade of the nineties (1991-2002), during which 200 000 people were killed. Atlal opens on archival images, blurred and weak VHS images, filmed in Ouled Allal in 1998, a village destroyed by the war that opposed the Armed Islamic Group and the Algerian army. Run down houses, a deadly landscape, the horror of what the people went through.
Twenty years later, Djamel Kerkar returns to Ouled Allal, and wants to show the shattered lives of the people that lived there. Slowly, faces and men’s tales take shape one by one. Slowly unfolding speech outlines different histories, keeping generations busy. Here less visible ruins of a whole society, its words left unsaid, its defeats and youth’s frustrations today, are left for us to guess.
FID Marseille 2016 – Prix Premier Film et Mention Spéciale du Prix du GNCR, Etats Généraux du Film documentaire de Lussas 2017
In the presence of the director.
Prolégomènes, Centrale Électrique
Djamel Kerkar, Bilel Madi
Djamel Kerkar, Corentin Doucet