Hassen Ferhani has been filming Algers for a long time. In his short documentary films, he has walked all over the city. This time he has focus on a slaughterhouse in the city centre. Hassen Ferhani does not show much of the workings of a slaughterhouse, only a few skinned animals in one frame, a spirited and resilient bull that does not want to move forward or a cat searching for offal…What he captures, at length,
are the surrounding areas, the courtyard, a street, an empty lot, or huge vacant premises, waiting to carry out their functions. During these intervals, he collects the thoughts of a few men, their relationships, their dreams, their sufferings, far from the jobs they occupy in these places.
Behind these closed doors, that offer dream-like escapes, the slaughterhouse becomes a setting describing a country that exists far away, a huis-clos that only friendship and imagination can lead to other possibilities and places. A space that men, stuck in their hard labor, transcend through dreams, desires and sharing.
Festival du film de Turin (TFF) 2015 – Prix du meilleur documentaire international, International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2015 – Prix Spécial du Jury, FIDMarseille – Grand Prix de la Compétition Française