Yamina Bachir

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Yamina Bachir-Chouikh
Born (1954-03-20) 20 March 1954 (age 64)
Algiers, Algeria
Occupation Film director
Years active 1982-present

Yamina Bachir (born 20 March 1954) is an Algerian film director and screenwriter. Her film Rachida was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.[1] According to Roy Armes, Rachida is 'the first 35mm feature directed by an Algerian woman in Algeria'.[2] The film was primarily financed by French and European funding companies. It was popular in Algeria and was distributed internationally in France.

Career and personal life

Bachir attended the National Film School where she studied editing.[3] She is best known for her work Rachida which took her five years to produce.[4] Rachida has been the only Algerian film screened for the Un Certain Regard prize.[5]

Bachir is married to fellow Algerian director Mohammed Chouikh. She has a son and three daughters.[3] During the Black Decade, Bachir-Chouikh stayed in Algeria where she worked as a film editor on her husband's films.[6]



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Sandstorm". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 31 October 2009. 
  2. ^ Armes, Roy, New Voices in Arab Cinema (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005), p. 104
  3. ^ a b Dupont, Joan. "Giving a human face to Algeria's horror". New York Times. Retrieved 17 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Corm, Carole (2004). "A Woman's Struggle in Midst of War". Al Jadid : a review & record of Arab culture and arts. 10 (46). Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  5. ^ Hillauer, Rebecca (2005). Encyclopedia of Arab women filmmakers. Cairo, Egypt: American University in Cairo Press. p. 275. ISBN 9789774162688. 
  6. ^ Armes, Roy, New Voices in Arab Cinema (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005), p. 104

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