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Farouk Beloufa

Born in 1947 in Oued Fodda, Algeria, filmmaker Farouk Beloufa began his study of cinema in Algeria and continued in France.

In 1970, he completed his thesis on Cinema Theory under the supervision of Roland Barthes.

Beloufa began his career as assistant director in Youssef Chahine’s “3awdat Al Ibn Al Dall,” and directed his first independent documentary, “7arakat Al ta7rir,” in 1973.

However, his first work was banned and damaged by the censorship authorities in Algeria, which drove Beloufa out of his country in search of a better and more tolerant place.

In 1979, Beloufa released his first and only feature film, “Nahla,” which is centered on the Lebanese civil war. The film was met with great critical and popular acclaim, and was the first Arab movie to cover the Lebanese conflict.

Born in 1947 in Oued Fodda, Algeria, filmmaker Farouk Beloufa began his study of cinema in Algeria and continued in France.

In 1970, he completed his thesis on Cinema Theory under the supervision of Roland Barthes.

Beloufa began his career as assistant director in Youssef Chahine’s “3awdat Al Ibn Al Dall,” and directed his first independent documentary, “7arakat Al ta7rir,” in 1973.

However, his first work was banned and damaged by the censorship authorities in Algeria, which drove Beloufa out of his country in search of a better and more tolerant place.

In 1979, Beloufa released his first and only feature film, “Nahla,” which is centered on the Lebanese civil war. The film was met with great critical and popular acclaim, and was the first Arab movie to cover the Lebanese conflict.

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