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THE DESERT ARK - directed by Mohamed Chouikh
The Desert Ark - directed by Mohamed Chouikh
Director: Mohamed Chouikh
From: Algeria
Year: 1997 African Film Minutes: 90
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Genre: Epic Drama

Romeo and Juliet in the Algerian desert. Amin and Myriam are secretly in love. Their families are rivals and when their relationship is discovered, conflict is inevitable. In the quiet atmosphere of the palm groves, the two communities have long nurtured the seeds of discord and hatred. The persecution is the first signal of inevitable evil. From inside the cave where they have taken refuge, the two young people hear the cries of a senseless murderous raid. A universal metaphor to denounce the horror of all extremist violence, The Desert Ark is a splendid and terrifying metaphor for a burning contemporary reality.

Best Image, FESPACO 1999

35mm rental:Please inquire.
DVD sale: $295

Part of 2 DVD set Great African Films Vol 3 with Daratt (Dry Season)