Outside the Law / Hors la Loi

Director: Rachid Bouchareb
Country: France
Year: 2010
Running Time: 138 min.
Language: Arabic and French


After losing their family home in Algeria, three brothers and their mother are scattered across the globe. Messaoud joins the French army fighting in Indochina; Abdelkader becomes a leader of the Algerian independence movement in France and Saïd moves to Paris to make his fortune in the shady clubs and boxing halls of Pigalle. Gradually, their interconnecting destinies reunite them in the French capital, where freedom is a battle to be fought and won.

About the Director

Rachid Bouchareb

Biography: Since his first film, Rachid Bouchareb has been questioning and exploring immigration, rootlessness and mixed cultures. Born in Paris to an immigrated Algerian family in 1953, he was long seen as a curio within the French cinema. In 1987 together with his friend Jean Bréhat he founded the production firm 3B that produces all his films, and also Bruno Dumont’s. Nominated to the Best Foreign Film Oscar with Poussières de vie in 1995, this fan of Sergio Leone’s westerns and Macadam Cowboy met a critical and public success with Little Senegal (2000) shot among the Afro-American community in Harlem, New York. But his most important success so far has been Indigènes (collective interpretation prize in Cannes Film Festival in 2006 and big hit at the French box office). His 2010 film Hors-la-loi -presented in Cannes among the official competition- gives a close look on what happened in Algeria after 1945: three brothers face the first demonstrations for independence…

(Source: http://www.rachidbouchareb.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=2&lang=en)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Little Senegal (2001);
L’Ami y’a bon [The Colonial Friend] (2006, 2010);
Outside the Law [Hors-la-loi] (2012).

La Pièce (1976);
La Chute (1977);
Le Banc (1978);
Peut-être la mer (1983);
Bâton Rouge (1985);
Cheb (1991);
Déposez armes (1992);
Des années déchirées (1993);
Poussières de vie (1995);
L’Honneur de ma famille (1998);
Little Senegal (2000);
Le Vilain Petit Poussin (2004);
L’Ami y’a bon [The Colonial Friend] (2004);
Days of Glory [Indigènes] (2006);
London River (2009);
L’Afrique vue par… [Africa Seen by…] – Exhibitions (2009);
Houme – Espoir (2009);
Outside the Law [Hors-la-loi] (2010);
Oscars (2010);
Just like a Woman (2012).