Karim Sayad

Of sheep and men

by Karim Sayad

Septembre 2017

Algiers, Bab el Oued, 2016. 16-year-old Habib dreams of becoming a veterinary. But as he didn’t study, he decided to train a ram named ‘El Bouq’ to become a sheep fight champion. Samir, 42, doesn’t have dreams anymore, other than surviving the hardships of his daily life by selling sheep and try to make some money. As the Eid celebration approaches, Samir has the unique opportunity to maximize his profits, as the whole country will buy a sheep to be slaughtered. But for Habib, it’s another story. Will ‘El Bouq » become a champion? Or will he face a more tragic destiny?

Directed by: Karim Sayad

World Premiere: September 2017
Original Version: Arabic (english/french subtitles), colour, DCP, 78 min.

Production: Close Up Films, Norte Productions, Doha Film Institute
Producer: Joëlle Bertossa, Valentina Novati
Executive Producer: Joëlle Bertossa

Cinematography: Patrick Tresch
Editing: Naïma Bachiri
Assistant editor: Félix Sandri
Location Sound Mix: Hafidh Moulfi
Sound Editing: Clément Maléo
Rerecording Sound Mix: Gilles Bernardeau