May Allah Bless France!

Dir.: Abd Al-Malik | France 2014 | 96 min

Abd Al Malik is one with his debut film 'May Allah Bless France'. The currently recognised author, rapper and now also filmdirector grows up in Strasbourg´s raw ghetto environment Neuhof projects in the 80s with a single mom and six siblings. As a child, he alternates between being a good boy in school, committing random street robberies and selling drugs on the way home. He is a pro at it all - and on weekends, he is a spoken word rapper on the local hip hop scene under the banner of New African Poets. Malik has all sides, which sets the stage for a subtle, deeper portrait of the ghetto boy who later in his adolescence finds religion and music and becomes a world famous rapper and writer. Education, faith and music save him, and if you sit back and wait for the big BUT, you´ll be waiting in vain, for Malik insists on the success story. He narrates with a raw drive and in black and white stylisation like in the predecessor, Matthieu Kassowitz´s La Haine', but despite the violence and everyday crime, you find another kind of joy of life and the everyday than in Kassowitz´s films. 'May Allah Bless France', which is based on the director's autobiography from 2004, is free of the typical social determinism which is often the backdrop of stories from the ghetto. As such, it is not only a relief, but also an eye-opener and an important voice in a time when the relationship between 'them' and 'us' only seems to become more and more polarised.

Original Title
Qu'Allah bénisse la France!
Title
May Allah Bless France!
Country
France
Release Year
2014
Duration
96 min.
Directors
Abd Al-Malik
Producer
Fabien Coste, François Kraus, Denis Pineau-Valencienne
Script
Cast
Marc Zinga, Sabrina Quazani, Larouci Didi, Mickaël Nagenraft, Matteo Falkone, Stéphane Fayette-Mikano
Camera
Pierre Aïm
Sound
Thomas Lascar, Thomas Desjonqueres, Dominique Gaborieau
Editor
Kako Kelber
Music
Abd Al Malik, Bilal, Laurent Garnier, Wallen
Production Company
Les Films du Kiosque
Version
Dialogue: French, Arabic, Lingala English Subtitles
Tempo
7
Thrills
4
Sighs
4
Laughs
5
Look
7
Food for thought
5