50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East


Merzak Allouache, Algeria

Merzak Allouache, Algeria

Merzak Allouache's film career stretches back more than three decades, and his work is said to have reshaped Algerian cinema. He has undergone bouts of censorship and tight budgets, but is still at it. Last year, his film, Normal, about Algerian youth disillusionment (a still from the film is pictured), won the best Arab narrative film award at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. At this year's Cannes Film Festival, Allouache's latest creation, El Taaib (The Repentant) depicts a young Algerian terrorist's efforts to change. 

Credit: Film still by Al-Akhbar English

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