Global Lens: Rachida, (Algeria, 2002) 100 minutes

Friday, June 27, 2014
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.



Price: Free with Museum admission.

For 2014, SAMA is reviving Global Lens’ 2004 award winning series.

Introduction and post-film discussion led by Steven Kellman, professor of comparative literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


Algeria’s official submission to the 2002 Academy Awards

Synopsis The first-full length feature film bu Yaminda Bachir-Choikh evokes memories of the worst atrocities of the terror in Algeria. The forces of violence and ignorance erode but don''t conquer decency and enlightenment in Rachida, the story of a vivacious young schoolteacher who refuses to buckle under intimidation, despite her anguish at living under the constant threat of terror in unexpected places. The film also highlights the corruption of an education system that has become the breeding ground of a culture of hatred.

About the director Yamina Bachir-Chouikh was born in 1954 in Algiers, and entered the film industry as an editor and scriptwriter. Her feature debut is Rachida.

Rachida is co-presented by the Global Film Initiative as part of the Global Lens series. For more information, visit

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