the Coachella Valley Premiere of


Saturday, April 22, 2006 
Theatres - Doors Open at 9:00 a.m.
Coffee & Muffins Available
Film Introduction at 9:20 a.m.
Screening Begins at 9:30 a.m.
Q&A Session following the screening

DFS Members present 2006 Membership Card
Guests & Non-Members pay $15.00 per person at the door

A film by Mehdi Charef, Filmed in Algeria

Rallia, a young woman raised in Switzerland, returns to her birthplace in the mountainous region of Algeria, hoping to find her biological mother, Keltoum. Her short hair and westernized demeanor mark her as a stranger from the moment she steps off the bus. Rallia finds her way to her ancestral home and her grandfather, who tells her that her mother works far away in a luxury resort but returns on weekends. Waiting in vain each week for her mother's visit, Ralli immerses herself in village life, adopting traditional dress, helping her half-mad aunt with family chores, and struggling with her dual cultural heritage in a strictly patriarchal society. Eventually, Rallia and her aunt embark on a journey to the city to find Keltoum. With stunning desert landscapes and a rich musical soundtrack, this road movie is inflected both with the rhythms of North African life and the emotions of western melodrama. "Cylia Malki gives an uncanny performance in the moving central role." —Piers Handling, Toronto Film Festival. 
2005 African Studies Association Film Festival.
2001 Toronto Film Festival.
Kodak Award, 2002 Mons Festival of Love Films. ** SIGNIS Jury Award, 2003 Milan African Film Festival. 

GENRE:  Drama
RUNNING TIME:  106 Minutes
LANGUAGE:  French & Arabic with English Sub-Titles