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A roundabout in my head
Previous title: The slaughterhouse
Hassen Ferhani

HassenFerhani was born in Algiers in 1986. In 2006, he directed his first short film « Les Baiesd’Alger» selected in official competition in many international festivals. In 2008, he participated in a FEMIS documentary workshop. Since 2009, he’s been working as assistant director while working on his personal projects. In 2010, he co-directed the documentary Afric Hotel which has been screened at Visions du Réel and FID. Marseilles. "Tarzan, Don Quixote and us" is his last film.

Country of Origin: Algeria / Lebanon
2015 / Arabic / English subtitles / 100 min
Algiers, Ruisseau District - Workers and animals are here for a last death dance: the city’s main slaughterhouse is about to close forever and lives its last vibrations. I tune into the rhythm of the workers, their bodies that roam through the multiple spaces of the slaughterhouse. I sense the tempo of their gestures and their words, their breaths and their silences in a place that is being emptied just like the beasts of their blood.
Director: Hassen Ferhani
Producer: Narimane Mari
Cinematography: Hassen Ferhani
Editor: Myriam Aycaguer
Sound Editor / designer: Antoine Morin
ID Marseilles – Grand prix of the French Competition & Special mention for GNCR, France 2015
Carthage Film Festival – Tanit d’Or for best documentary & Tanit d'or Tahar Chriaa, Tunisia 2015
IDFA - Special Jury Prize for first appearance, November 2015
Amiens Film Festival, France 2015
Torino Film Festival - Best Film in the section “Internazionale”, Italy 2015
Festival Entrevues - CAMIRA Award & Audience Feature film award, France 2015
Festival International du Cinéma d’Alger – Grand Prix, Algeria 2015
Luxor African International film festival, Egypt 2016
ALfilm – Arab Film festival, Berlin 2016
Luxor African International film festival, Egypt 2016