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100% Arabica (Cent pour cent Arabica; One hundred percent Arabica) (France / Belgium / Switzerland, 1997)

Director, Mahmoud Zemmouri. Cast: Khaled, Cheb Mami, Mouss, Najim Laouriga, Fard Fedjer, Youssef Diawara, Patrice Thibaud, Mohamed Camara. The rising popularity of a local band threatens orthodox religious groups in a mixed Arab and African housing project outside Paris. Attendance at the mosque falls and drastic measures are taken to keep the balance of power in the hands of the religious leaders. No one can stop the infectious popularity of the music, however, and when all the musicians finally sing together, everyone is united. 85 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
Reviews and articles:
Higbee, Will. "Locating the Postcolonial in Transnational Cinema: The Place of Algerian Emigre Directors in Contemporary French Film." Modern & Contemporary France; Feb2007, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p51-64 Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only