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Directed by Djamila Sahraoui
Produced by Richard Copans
Written by Djamila Sahraoui
Cécile Vargaftig
Starring Rachida Brakni
Music by Alla
Cinematography Katell Djian
Edited by Catherine Gouze
Distributed by Pierre Grise Distribution
Release date
  • 16 February 2006 (2006-02-16)
Running time
95 minutes
Country Algeria
Language French, Arabic

Barakat! is a 2006 French/Algerian drama film directed by Djamila Sahraoui. It premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 16 February 2006.


During the Algerian Civil War, Amel (Rachida Brakni) is a doctor who, on returning home from work one day, discovers that her journalist husband has gone missing. Receiving no help from the authorities, she decides to look for him herself. She is helped by another woman, Khadidja.[1]



At the 2007 Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, Barakat! won the Oumarou Ganda Award for the Best First Work, the award for Best Music and the award for Best Screenplay.[2] It also won the prize for Best Arab Film at the third Dubai International Film Festival.[3]


  1. ^ Southern, Natalie, Plot Synopsis, Allmovie, retrieved 24 January 2008 
  2. ^ "Child soldier's struggle takes top prize at Africa's Fespaco film fest", Canadian Broadcasting Centre, 5 March 2007, retrieved 24 January 2008 
  3. ^ Jaafar, Ali (18 December 2006), "Dubai festival lauds Algerian 'Barakat!", Variety, retrieved 24 January 2008 

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