143 Sahara Street
Documentary, Director: Hassen Ferhani, Algeria/France/Qatar 2019, 100 min., Arab./Fr./En. with En. ST
Along the national road, in the midst of the Sahara in the heart of Algeria, stands Malika’s small truck stop. The elderly lady serves coffee, tea, and eggs to adventurers, tired truck drivers and other travelers with whom she engages in chats about God and the world. Many of her visitors welcome the break from a long drive and enjoy coming back to her shop. Yet Malika doesn’t reveal much about herself. Her mini-café is the fortress behind which the childless, lonely woman is entrenched to watch the world go by. The inverted road movie, Ingeniously photographed by Ferhani himself, remains close to its protagonists’ perspective and thus casually opens up a view on today’s Algeria.