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date: 26 October 2020

Allouche, Merzaklocked

(6 Oct. 1944– ), film director,
  • Jeremy Rich


was born in Algiers, Algeria on 6 October 1944. Allouche completed his primary and secondary education in Algiers and lived through the horrors of the Algerian war of independence against France. He joined the Institut National du Cinema in Algiers and made his first film to complete his undergraduate degree in 1964, Croisement. Allouche then moved to France, where he worked at the Office Radio-Television Français in Paris in 1968. He had already completed a second short film in Algeria, Le Voleur (1966), in which a boy keeps hiding things he has stolen at the beach.

As he also gained experience joining film crews in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Allouche matured as an artist and director. His international reputation emerged with his 1977 film Omar Gatlato This remarkable work studies the lives of the first generation of adult Algerians who had ...

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