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Voices from the Maghreb
From Le Thé à la menthe to La Fille de Keltoum
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This chapter aims to assess the extent to which the inscription of displacement and identity in films by émigré Algerian filmmakers overlaps with or differentiates itself from that found in beur cinema. The émigré filmmakers take a more light-hearted approach, constructing Maghrebi immigrants/visitors as likeable, streetwise young people, from Abdelkrim Bahloul's Le Thé à la menthe and Merzak Allouache's Un amour à Paris in the 1980s to Allouache's Salut cousin! in the 1990s, a film which can be compared with La Faute à Voltaire by Abdel Kechiche, a beur filmmaker of Tunisian origin. The major theme of recent émigré Algerian cinema in France is the representation of Algeria itself, to be found in Allouache's L'Autre Monde, Mehdi Charef's La Fille de Keltoum, Nadir Moknèche's Le Harem de Mme Osmane and Bahloul's Le Soleil assassiné.

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