Biography: Mehdi Charef is a novelist and filmmaker born in 1952 in Maghnia, Algeria, where he lived until his family left in the early 1960s to live in France, where he was trained as a mechanic and worked in a factory. In 1983, his first novel Le Thé au harem d’Archimède (Tea in the Harem) was published. The book was soon optioned by filmmaker Costa-Gavras and made into a film, winning a César, the Jean Vigo and SOS Racisme prizes, the Silver Hugo in Chicago, and the Special Jury Prize at the Madrid International Film Festival. Charef’s films, La Maison d’Alexina (1999) and Pigeon volé (1996), were adapted from his novels of the same name.
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Daughter of Keltoum [Bent Keltoum] (2007).
Le Thé au harem d’Archimède [Tea in the Harem] (1985);
Miss Mona (1987);
Au pays des Juliets [In the Country of Juliets] (1992);
Pigeon volé (1996);
La Maison d’Alexina (1999);
Daughter of Keltoum [Bent Keltoum] (2001);
All the Invisible Children – Tanza (2005);
Cartouches gauloises [Summer of ’62] (2007);
Chaises musicales (2008).