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"The Rooftops" - a film which casts a critical eye on Algerian society from the rooftops of Algiers

"The Rooftops" - a film which casts a critical eye on Algerian society from the rooftops of Algiers
By Euronews

<p>This week in Cinema Box, veteran director Merzak Allouache casts a critical eye on Algerian society from the rooftops of Algiers.</p> <p>‘The Rooftops’ follows five stories as they unfold in five different neighbourhoods of the Algerian capital over the course of a day punctuated by the calls to prayer. </p> <p>The director successfully juggles the multiple stories, shuttling from one to the other with ease and showing us just enough to whet our appetite.</p> <p><img src="http://www.euronews.com/media/download/articlepix/terrasses-cb21-bb1-190615.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Each story tackles a different social issue, from class and gender inequality to endemic corruption in Algeria or the rise of fundamentalism.</p> <p>While the subject matter is serious, the tone is light – each story injected with Allouache’s trademark sense of humour and irony.</p> <p>‘The Rooftops’ by Merzak Allouache is definitely one of the most forceful self-critiques to come out of Algeria today.</p>