The Star of Algiers

L'étoile d'Alger

Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 9:15pm

“The Star of Algiers,” a sexy, smoky, jazz-filled film feast, is the latest from Algerian director Rachid Benhadj. Moussa is a musician who dreams of becoming the Michael Jackson of Algiers. Displaying equal measures of talent and energy, Moussa pursues this seemingly outlandish ambition by playing with his small band of musicians, first in wedding parties and then in nightclubs. Soon enough, Moussa’s hopes become realities, and he’s proclaimed the new "Star of Algiers." But not everyone admires his music and his lifestyle, and Moussa’s modern ways draw the unwanted attention of his neighborhood’s conservative religious clerics — one of whom is his own brother.

2016
101 min.
Arabic

Directed by

Rachid Benhadj

Country

Algeria

Film Category

International Spotlight Middle Eastern Focus Music Spotlight

Subject

Class Issues Family Issues Music Religion/Faith

Genre

Drama