Rome Rather than You (Roma Wa la N’touma)

For more than ten years a “slow war” is going on in Algeria. A war without battlefields, but with more than 100.000 people killed. It is the wilderness that Zina and Kamel – two youngsters, bewildered and merry, gloomy and undisturbed – want to traverse for the last time, before leaving elsewhere. Without a passport, and therefore without a visa, Kamel has to find a smuggler. Along with the entertaining Zina, they walk the streets of Algiers and its suburbs looking for Bosco, the sailor who makes a business out of transporting people to Europe. Bosco seems to be everywhere – except for the places where Kamel looks for him.

World premiere
Venice International Film Festival 2006, Orizzonti

Key festivals and awards
Venice International Film Festival 2006
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2007
FICCO Mexico 2007
New Directors / New Films, MoMA 2007
San Francisco International Film Festival 2007
Istanbul International Film Festival 2007
Beirut International Film Festival 2008
“Everyday Life – Transcendence or Reconciliation” – Award, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2006
Special Jury Award, Fribourg Film Festival 2007
Prix Janine Bazin, Prix d’Interprétation, Festival du Film Belfort 2007

Algeria, 2006
Director: Tariq Teguia
Producers: Neffa Films (Algeria), INA (France), Flying Moon Filmproduktion (Germany)
German WCF partner: Flying Moon Filmproduktion
World sales: Neffa Films (Algeria)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in January 2005
Funding amount: 40.000 €