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White Paris (“Paris la blanche”) by Lidia Leber Terki
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White Paris (“Paris la blanche”) by Lidia Leber Terki

Paris la Blanche evokes a love made volatile by a forced separation. A universal film about the emotional and familial consequences of Algerian immigration to France.

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An activist director

A French writer and director born in Algeria, Lidia Leber Terki has written and produced four short films: City Sickness (“Mal de ville”) (1998), Our Father (“Notre père”) (2000), Handrails (“Mains courantes”) (2002) and The Mirador (2004). In 2007, she participated as a director in the collectively-produced feature film Gay...so what? (“Gay...et après?”).

 

In 2014 she co-directed two documentary films with Anastasia Mordin on Delphine Palatsi alias DJ Sextoy, a pioneer of the techno scene in the 1990s: The Sextoy Project (“Le Projet Sextoy”) and Sextoy's Stories. Her first fictional feature film as a director, Paris la Blanche was released in 2017.

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A film about uprooting

40 years ago, Nour left his wife Rekia and the small village of Kabylia to work in France. Not having heard from him for several years, Rekia, aged 70, decides to go in search of him in France.

 

After days and nights of roaming Paris and its outskirts, she finds Nour living in a home for workers in Ivry. But the man is changed, and damaged. Feeling neither Algerian nor French, he is rootless and lost.

 

Filmed very tenderly, Paris la Blanche offers a realistic and delicate image of the first generation of post-war Algerian immigrants.

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A film inspired by a historical reality

The plot of Paris la Blanche was imagined in the 1990s by Colo Tavernier, Lidia Leber Terki's co-writer. It is inspired by the “Sonacotra” homes (National Society for the Construction of Workers' Housing), created in the 1950s to accommodate migrant workers, very often Algerians.

 

This subject touched filmmaker Lidia Leber Terki, whose father (of Kabyl heritage) made this long and tumultuous journey from Algeria to France.

 

A tribute to the paternal figure, the film evokes the duty of memory, which the director has brilliantly translated into images.

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From Algeria to France

Following Nour and Rekia's journeys from Algeria to France in two different eras, after the Algerian war and today, Paris la Blanche accurately portrays the historical link between these two countries. The film also offers a sensitive portrait of Algerian immigrants in France, especially the feeling of uprootedness and the difficulty of integrating.

 

Paris la Blanche was nominated in 2016 at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in Estonia in the Best First Film category, and in 2017 at the Valladolid International Film Festival in Spain in the Best New Director category.

Paris la blanche ( trailer)
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The Institut français and the project

White Paris (“Paris la blanche”, 2016) is distributed internationally by the Institut français as part of its "Cross-programme: Angers First Film Festival”.

 

The Institut français offers a catalogue of over 2,500 films, allowing the French cultural network and its partners to screen French films around the world. 

 

Learn more about the film catalogue.