Inch'Allah Dimanche

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Inch'Allah dimanche
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Directed by Yamina Benguigui
Produced by Bachir Deraïs
Philippe Dupuis-Mendel
Written by Yamina Benguigui
Starring Fejria Deliba
Cinematography Antoine Roch
Distributed by ARP Sélection
Divisa Home Video (Spain)
Film Movement (USA)
Release dates
September 14, 2001
Running time
96 min.
Country France
Language Algerian Arabic, French

Inch'Allah Dimanche (Arabic: إن شاء الله الأحد‎, English: Sunday God Willing) is a 2001 French/Algerian movie by Yamina Benguigui about the life of an Algerian immigrant woman in France. The film won a variety of international awards, including the 2001 International Critics' Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.[1] Although Benguigui was urged to change the name of the film after the September 11 attacks, she chose to keep the original title, a portion of which is in Algerian Arabic.[2]


Plot synopsis[edit]

Zouina's husband, Ahmed, left Algeria in the 1970s to work in France. As part of the French government's family reunification scheme, Zouina is allowed to move to France from Algeria in order to join her husband. Leaving her mother behind, she lives with her husband, his mother and their three children. While she struggles with the physical abuse of her husband and verbal abuse of her mother-in-law, she meets French friends who help her cope with life in a different culture. She becomes more confident by the end of the movie, which ends optimistically.


The film contains a variety of French, Algerian Arabic, and Kabyle language music. Many of the tracks are performed by Algerian musician Idir.

  1. "Ageggig" – Idir (A. Mouhed, Idir)
  2. "Al Laïl" – Alain Blesing (Alain Blesing)
  3. "Apache" – The Shadows (Jerry Lordan)
  4. "Isefra" – Idir (M. Benhammadouche, Idir)
  5. "Djebel" – Aziz Bekhti
  6. "Cenud" – Nourredine Chenoud
  7. "Snitraw" – Idir
  8. "Le Premier Bonheur du Jour" – Françoise Hardy (Franck Gerald, Jean Renard)
  9. "Djin" – Alain Blesing
  10. "Temzi (Mon Enfance)" – Hamou (Hamou, Ben Mohamed, Eric Amah, Caroline Pascaud-Blandin)
  11. "Sssendu" – Idir
  12. "Raoul" – Souad Massi


  • 2001: Winner - FIPRESCI Prize - Toronto Int'l Film Festival[3]


  1. ^ "Amelie wins at low-key Toronto". BBC News. September 17, 2001. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Inch’ Allah dimanche au cinéma d'Aubergenville". Le courier de Mantes (in French). January 22, 2002. Retrieved 2009-03-26. [dead link]
  3. ^ Movie page on

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