Underground discos thud to the beat of dance music as men and women dress to the nines and slip through checkpoints to party the night away. Meanwhile, fingers on triggers, tensions mount between armed police forces and anti-government guerillas. This is Algiers in the 1990’s, and what headstrong fashion student Nedjma, ‘Papicha’ to her friends, doesn’t know, is that her life is about to change forever…
Lifting the lid on the radical events of the Algerian Civil War, Mounia Meddour’s Papicha follows the trials and tribulations of a group of determined young women as they come face-to-face with a new, dangerous reality.
Mounia Meddour was born in Moscow and raised in Algeria. At the age of 18, she moved to France with her family as a result of death threats they received during the Algerian Civil War. She studied journalism before joining the summer directing program at La Fémis in Paris. Her first short film, EDWIGE (2011) won the Ciné+ Award at the Saint-Jean-de-Luz Festival, the UniFrance Short Film Award and was featured in several festivals including Dubai International Film Festival. Papicha is her first feature-film.