Fiction, director: Rachid Hami, France/Taiwan, 113 min., Arab., Fr., Mandarin., En. with En. ST
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Aissa Saïdi (Shain Boumedine), a young officer of Algerian origins, tragically loses his life during an initiation ritual at the prestigious French military academy of Saint-Cyr. His death rips his family apart as controversy arises over Aissa’s funeral plans when the Army refuses to take responsibility. Ismaël (Karim Leklou), his older, rebellious brother, tries to keep the family united as they fight to win justice for Aissa. The film’s narrative is built around the story of the Saïdi family, ever since Nadia (Lubna Azabal), the mother of Aissa and Ismaël, left her native Algeria and her husband behind, to move to France with her young boys. For My Country is a searing drama on social and racial injustices, offering an insightful perspective on what it means to be a European citizen with Arab roots and how this multi-layered identity affects the lives of each family member differently.