Their Algeria

A documentary by Lina Soualem

72 minutes – 2020

Titre français

Leur Algérie


Lina’s grandparents have decided to separate. Together, they came from Algeria to Thiers, in the middle of France, over 60 years ago. Side by side, they had experienced this chaotic immigrant life. For Lina, their separation is an opportunity to question their long journey of exile, as well as her identity.


A production
AGAT Films & Cie (France)

In co-production with :
Making of Films (Algeria)
AKKA Films (Switzerland)
Doha Film Institute (Qatar)

Prix et festivals (sélection) 

Festival Visions du Réel, Nyon, Latitudes, 2020

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Distribution :
AGAT Films & Cie

Droits Mondiaux :
Lightdox (Anna Berthollet)


After 62 years of living together, Aïcha and Mabrouk, my grandparents, are separating. I didn’t understand their separation. I don’t know their story. Their silence troubled me. The lm explores the longstanding journey of exile of this couple of Algerian immigrants living in a medieval french town since over sixty years, whose lives were a succession of separations and silences.



Réalisation: Lina Soualem
Production: Marie Balducchi (AGAT Films & Cie)
Coproduction: Palmyre Badinier (AKKA Films)
Image et son: Lina Soualem
Montage: Gladys Joujou
Montage et mixage son: Julie Tribout et Rémi Durel – Studio Obsidienne
Etalonnage: Christophe Bousquet


Festival Visions du Réel, Nyon, Latitudes, 2020