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You are in: Home > 2004. 52nd Edition  > Awards and Jury Members > Official Selection Jury Members > YAMINA BENGUIGUI

Born in Lille (France) in 1957, she is a filmmaker and writer, who has received the Order of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour for the Arts and the French National Order of Merit. She is one of the first French directors and producers of Algerian origin, and works at the company, Bandits, which she is a shareholder in. She has devoted her work as a politically committed filmmaker to exploring the human side of immigration from the Maghreb in France and Muslim identity through documentary sagas such as Mémoires d'immigrés, l'héritage maghrébin (7 d’Or 1997 for best documentary) or Femmes d’Islam, both of which have been awarded numerous international prizes and have been studied at film and sociology departments at several universities (Berkeley, New York, Berlin, etc...). In 2003 she received the Peace Prize in Florence for her work as a whole. Her first full-length film, which she directed in 2001, Inch'allah dimanche, was shown in the “Among Friends and Neighbours” retrospective that the San Sebastián Festival put on last year. The story of an Algerian woman who joins her family in Picardy, that was awarded more than 27 international prizes, allowed her to return to her favourite theme, the roots of memory, dealt with this time from a fictional angle. Her work in documentaries has also dealt with subjects like eroticism in Muslim culture, Le jardin parfumé, or integration into society through institutions like the army with Aïcha, Mohamed, Chaïb... engagés pour la France. She is currently president of FIPA and is preparing her second feature film Le Paradis? C’est complet!, as well as a television series, Aïcha, in six episodes lasting 52 minutes for “France 2” . She has just finished a documentary for “France 5” : Le plafond de verre, about the difficulties faced by young French graduates from immigrant backgrounds to get on in the world of business, where they are victims of racial prejudice.


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