A first-term city councilwoman juggles a hotly contested reelection campaign and a full-time job as a hotel housekeeper.
Through her curiosity and self-discovery, Chahinaz begins to wonder what life is like for women in other Muslim countries and around the world.
Samia Chala, author and documentary director, was born in Algeria in 1964. After studying engineering and launching her career in Algeria, she decided to leave her country due to civil war. She arrived in France in 1994 and began working in the audiovisual industry as an investigative journalist for TV shows and documentaries.
Patrice Barrat is a television producer/director and president of Article Z, the Paris-based multi-media production company that creates new formats such as daily documentary chronicles, and the interactive TV series madmundo.tv. Barrat has won many awards in 29 years of journalism, including the Amnesty International Award, BAFTA award, FIPA… Show more Golden Award, and the Adolf Grimme Preis for documentaries including Famine Fatigue, Drowning by Bullets, the Vis à Vis series, Sarajevo: A Street Under Seige, and The Other Algeria. Films he produced also have been featured at the Cannes Film Festival (Condor: Axis of Evil) and in Locarno and Rotterdam (How Arnold Won the West). Show less
Chahinaz, a 20-year-old student in Algeria, has mixed feelings about the Western world and its values, but she admires the freedom of Western women. Through her curiosity and voyage of self-discovery, Chahinaz begins to wonder what life is like for women in other Muslim countries and around the world and why things are slow to change in Algeria.