Magazine article Screen International

Bouchereb Receives ADFF Honour, Talks Career

Magazine article Screen International

Bouchereb Receives ADFF Honour, Talks Career

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French-Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchereb, who is being honoured with a career achievement award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival this year, talked extensively about his career at a special 'in conversation' event.

The director, whose credits include Oscar-nominated Days of Glory and Outside the Law as well as the more recent Two Men in Town starring Forest Whitaker and Harvey Keitel, revealed his love of cinema had unusual origins.

Referring to his childhood in the run-down Parisian suburb of Bobigny, Bouchareb recounted how he and his friends used to sneak into the local cinema for free.

"It was a game for us to see if we could get in... we'd get in through the toilet," said Bouchareb. "We saw a lot of films without paying but it meant I never saw the beginning."

Much of Bouchareb's early filmography, capturing the experiences of immigrants in France and beyond, was inspired by his own experiences as the son of Algerians who moved to France shortly after World War Two.

Bouchareb touched on how Days of Glory, following a group of North African soldiers fighting to liberate France at the end of World War Two, had been instrumental in changing French laws to giving foreign veterans full pension benefits. …

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