Ask Your Shadow
Lamine Ammar-Khodja
2012 - 82 min - HDV - Couleur - France

Eight years after leaving native Algeria for France, Lamine Ammar-Khodja decides to end his exile on January 6, 2011, the day major riots break out in Algiers.
Organised chronologically, the film is a first-person narrative and, just like Aimé Césaire’s Cahier d’un retour au pays natal, to which the director pays tribute, it deals with the difficulties of getting back home. Because this journey isn’t only a private matter, but also an opportunity to go back over Algeria’s recent history, at a time when it could have taken another major turn.
The subject is addressed in the tone of comedy, using humour and irony, instead of expected despair. Cheerfully mixing styles, playing freely and gracefully with the cinema medium, and claiming rebellious youth in the name of all the young outcasts, this first film surely reveals an original artistic stance and writing: a new director is born. (Jean-Pierre Rehm, FID 2012)

Author-Director : Lamine Ammar-Khodja
Photography : Lamine Ammar-Khodja
Sound : Lamine Ammar-Khodja
Editing : Lamine Ammar-Khodja
Delegate Producer : The Kingdom


Distributor : The Kingdom
Not commercial Distribution : ADAV
DVD Editing : Doc Net Films
Circulation-Consultation : Musée national de l'Histoire de l'immigration
Disponible au Club du doc


2014 - FIFOG - Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève, Genève (Suisse) : Compétition documentaire
2014 - Festival des 3 continents, Nantes (France) : Sélection
2013 - Images en bibliothèques, Paris (France) : Film soutenu par la Commission nationale de sélection des médiathèques
2012 - FIDMarseille (Festival International de Cinéma), Marseille (France) : Prix Premier
2012 - États généraux du film documentaire, Lussas (France) : Séance spéciale