Bab El-Oued City
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Bab El-Oued City
The potential dangers inherent in the continued increase of Islamic fundamentalism in Algeria is clearly portrayed in this European political drama. The film is set in early 1993 and takes place in a decaying neighborhood, Bab El-Oued. The central character in this scary drama is Boualem, a young baker. Throughout his neighborhood the fundamentalists, locally led by the fanatical Said, have placed loud-speakers upon the rooftops to broadcast their hateful propaganda. Unable to stand the noise any longer, Boualem destroys a speaker and tosses it into the sea. Said promptly seeks to mow him down… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Merzak Allouache's feature contains one of the clearest and most persuasive depictions of the recent rise of Islamic fundamentalism."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"An exciting, a disturbing and a lucid depiction of the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in modern times."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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