'Papicha' is a hard movie, sometimes indigestible, but it needs to be seen

'Papicha' is a hard movie, sometimes indigestible, but it needs to be seen

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Amid the Algerian civil war of the 1990 decade, young people refuse to stop having fun.

In some countries, men use religion to oppress and even eliminate anything that can be beyond their control: games, addictions, music, movies, worldly pleasures in general, and especially women. "Papicha" basically shows the absence of freedom and the violence in a state controlled by the use of religion as it is understood and imposed by men. This beautiful debut film by Mounia Meddour is the attraction of this first day of the 43rd São Paulo International Film Festival.

We are in the Algeria in the 1990 decade, when Algerian society was suffering from a Civil War (1991-2002), attacks by terrorist groups and the imposition of very archaic customs, which curtail women's freedom. "Sister, your image is important to us, take care of it or we will take care of it," says the poster that narrow-minded men stick to various walls.

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