My English Cousin
Documentary, Director: Karim Sayad, Switzerland/Qatar 2019, 82 min., Arab./En. with En. ST
Sayad’s second feature film is the chronicle of an exile and the portrait of a migrant society characterized by hard work and social insecurity. In 2001, Sayad’s cousin Fahed left Algeria to build his future illegally in England. But the reality of working two jobs is tougher than expected, and Fahed is lonely despite the friendly relationship with his colleagues. A bride from Algeria is being suggested, but Fahed has long been estranged from his old home and has never quite arrived in his new one. Through sensitive observations, Sayad contrasts a British working class shaken by deindustrialization and instability with a disillusioned youth in Algeria, and thus tells of the universal search for a good life and for personal dignity.