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Papicha (N/C 15+)

29 February - 1 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly


Fashion is an act of defiance in Papicha, a feisty first feature from Algerian director Mounia Meddour. Nedjma (Lyna Khoudri), aka Papicha, is a student of French language and culture at Algiers University. She frequently escapes an oppressive campus with best friend Wassila (Shirine Boutella), applies some lipstick, a stylish dress and heads for a night on the town. This is Algiers in the 1990s and the rising Islamist tide is being felt everywhere. Papicha decides to stage a fashion show in opposition to all those who are trying to control and limit the lives of her fellow students.

  • Director Mounia Meddour
  • Cast Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda
  • Running Time 1h46m
  • Certificate N/C 15+
  • Country France / Algeria / Belgium / Qatar
  • Language French and Arabic with English subtitles
  • Year of Production 2019
  • Thanks to Peccadillo Pictures
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