Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, 2001. 83 min. 35mm.
With Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, Ahmed Hammoudi, Brahim Ameur-Zaïmeche.
In French & Arabic with English Subtitles.
When Algerian-born, French-raised Kamel returns to a housing project outside Paris after serving a “double sentence” of incarceration and deportation, his attempts to go straight are foiled by police interference and his lack of papers.
Ameur-Zaïmeche’s powerful self-produced debut as writer, director, and actor introduced a major new voice in French cinema, a filmmaker who fearlessly blends documentary detail and deceptively loose storytelling to express often subversive truths. In Wesh Wesh, his compassionate but non-indulgent view of life in the banlieue brings to light the tragic patterns set in motion by the injustices of the French legal system.
Fall Season Sponsors: American Society of the French Legion of Honor,Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Engie, FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), Florence Gould Foundation, Hermés Foundation within the framework of the New Settings program, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut français, JCDecaux, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), Office de Tourisme de Boulogne-Billancourt, and Pommery.