El sghayra

Miss | Die Kleine
The Algerian desert extends in all directions as far as the eye can see. Many years after the French conducted nuclear weapons testing here, few inhabitants remain in the fading oasis. Amidst the dunes, a gleeful girl plays with pieces of junk, watches Chaplin’s silent films and jokes around with the blind residents. She is the community’s only child. On the surface, there’s not much sensory input, but her imagination kindles a sense of vitality.
by Amira Géhanne Khalfallah
With Chams Chakiri, Abdellah Chakiri, Safia Soudani, Abdelhak Eddawli
Algeria / France 2019 Arabic 13’ Colour recommendation: 8 years and up

With

  • Chams Chakiri (The little girl)
  • Abdellah Chakiri (The father)
  • Safia Soudani (The mother)
  • Abdelhak Eddawli (The old blind man)

Crew

Written and directed byAmira Géhanne Khalfallah
CinematographyEva Sehet
EditingYouri Tchao Debats
Sound DesignJules Valeur
SoundIlyas Guettal
Production DesignMehdi Djelil
CostumesHadjira Tafat
Make-upCélia Oudni
Assistant DirectorTarek Moknache
Production ManagerJaber Debzi
ProducerJaber Debzi
Co-producerNathalie Trafford
Co-productionParaiso Production Diffusion, Paris

Produced by

Prolégomènes

Algier, Algeria

+21 355 6695968

Amira Géhanne Khalfallah

The filmmaker, playwright and author was born and grew up in Algeria. She studied cellular and molecular biology before turning to writing. Since 2007, she has lived in Morocco where she has also been working as a culture journalist. After making two short films, she is currently developing her debut feature film.

Filmography (short films)

2018 The Shoe 2019 El sghayra (Miss)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020