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by Malek Bensmaïl


November 1, 1954 near Ghassira, a small village nestled in the Aurès mountains. Two French teachers and an Algerian notable are the first civil victims of a war that will last for seven years and eventually lead to Algerian independence. More than fifty years later, Malek Bensmail returns to this village, which became "the cradle of the Algerian revolution," to film this chronicle of it and its inhabitants throughout the seasons, capturing the present and the past. The Algerian heartlands, larger than life, rich, poignant, confronted with its future.

international title: China is still far
original title: La Chine est encore loin
country: Algeria, France
sales agent: The Party Film Sales
year: 2008
genre: documentary
directed by: Malek Bensmaïl
film run: 120'
release date: FR 28/10/2010
cinematography by: Lionel Jan Kerguistel
film editing: Mathieu Bretaud
music: Camel Zekri
producer: Hachemi Zertal, Philippe Avril
production: Unlimited, 3B Productions, Cirta Films
backing: INA - Institut National de l'Audiovisuel
distributor: Tadrart Films
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