Country:Algerien; Frankreich 2012
Language:OF m. engl. UT
Length:93 Minutes
Film series:13. African Film Festival

Director :Sahraoui, Djamila
Cinematography:O`Byrne, Raphaël
Editing:Gouze, Catherine
Music:D`Ham, Guillaume
Sound:D`Ham, Guillaume
Cast:Sahraoui, Djamila
 Yahia, Samir
 Zarif, Ali
Producer:Dedet, Antonin
 Guerbois, Olivier
Production company:Neon Productions
 Les Films de l'Olivier


Ourdia moves back into her remote house in the mountains of Algeria in order to bury her son Tariq. He belonged to an Islamist group that was headed by his older brother Ali. Because of this, Ourdia holds Ali partially responsible for Tariq’s death, and she wants nothing to do with him. That only changes when Ali turns up with Tariq’s baby.
The story is filmed amongst ages-old mountain landscapes, and it highlights the trauma left behind in many Algerian families by the devastating religious wars waged between fundamentalists and government troops.

Director Djamila Sahraoui presented her debut film BARAKAT! in 2008 at the “Out of Europe X” African film festival in Cologne. In YEMA, she herself takes on the main role of Ourdia, providing a deeply moving portrait of an embittered mother. For her achievements as an actor and director she has been nominated for numerous awards. YEMA was honoured with the silver “Étalon de Yennenga” in the FESPACO 2013 feature film competition.


Die Regisseurin Djamila Sahraoui stellte 2008 beim Kölner Afrika Film Festival „Jenseits von Europa X“ ihren Debutfilm BARAKAT! vor. In YEMA übernahm sie selbst die Hauptrolle von Ouardia und ihr gelang ein tief bewegendes Portrait einer verzweifelten Mutter.
Für ihre Leistung als Schauspielerin wie als Regisseurin wurde sie mit zahlreichen Preisen bedacht. So gewann YEMA z.B. im offiziellen Spielfilmwettbewerb des FESPACO 2013 den „Étalon de Yennenga“in Silber.
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