Bachir Bensaddek

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Bachir Bensaddek
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active2001–present

Bachir Bensaddek is a Canadian television director of Algerian Berber descent, best known for his co-direction of 2002 Emmy Award-winning TV series Cirque du Soleil: Fire Within.

Born in Algeria,in the year 1972, Bensaddek came to Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1992 as a student before immigrating to Canada. Bensaddek wrote a play in 2004 entitled Montréal la blanche about Algerian immigrants in Quebec.

In May 2011, he released his documentary film Rap arabe, an ORBI-XXI production,[1] covering the rap scene in three countries (Morocco, Lebanon, Syria) with a number of rappers including Malikah, Ashekman, Lil Zac and Don Bigg.[2] It had its premiere at the 27th Festival international de cinéma Vues d'Afrique, and was rebroadcast on RDI, TV5[3] and Al Jazeera's Documentary channel.



  • In 2003, the series he co-directed, Cirque du Soleil: Fire Within, won an Emmy Award.
  • In 2007, his film Portrait de dame par un groupe won the "Prix AQCC" (Association québécoise des critiques de cinéma) for "2007 Best Documentary Short".
  • In 2011, his film Rap arabe won the "Prix ACIC / ONF" (National Film Board of Canada) for "Best Independent Production" in the section Regards d'ici.[4]


  1. ^ "ORBI-XXI: Rap arabe - Le pouvoir du rythme, la force des mots". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  2. ^ Vallet, Stéphanie (May 3, 2011). "Rap arabe: leur arme, c'est le rap". La Presse (in French). Retrieved 2016-01-14.
  3. ^ "- Accueil - Télévision, Francophonie canadienne et internationale - TV5". Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  4. ^ Vue d'Afrique: Palmarès 2011

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