October 30 @ 4pm - Certified Halal

In a remote farm in the Maghreb, Hadj Achour is about to give his daughter Sultana to the youngest member of the Laroubi family. Everything is going perfectly, apart from a little detail: the carburator of the family car, an integral part of the trousseau, is faulty. After much prevarication, the dowry changes hands with a promise to deliver a new carburator before the marriage is consummated... In France, young Kenza causes a scandal in the neighbourhood where she lives. A feminist, she goes on a French television program to talk about an upsurge in virginity certificates in her community. Her brother, Chérif, is humiliated and asks his cousin Aziz to arrange Kenza's marriage back home in their village. Attalah, a rich chicken farmer, is the perfect match. Chérif drugs Kenza to trick pious Mabrouka who will be responsible for watching over Kenza. But he didn't take into account the drug's unpredictable effects... Kenza, veiled from head to foot, finds herself in a Mercedes decked out for a wedding - her own. When her car crosses paths with Sultana's wedding party, the trouble really begins...

Certified Halal, at one time known as « neither lewd nor obedient chick », is a very funny social comedy, not entirely lacking substance, directed by Mahmoud Zemmouri, an Algerian actor, filmmaker and scriptwriter who mostly built his career in film theatres.

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  • Director: Mahmoud Zemmouri
  • Country: Algeria, France, Belgium
  • Cast: Hafsia Herzi, Smaïn, Mourade Zeguendi, Jicey Carina, Nadia Kounda
  • Language: French, Arabic (English subtitles)
  • Runtime: 85 min
  • Year: 2015
  • Rating: Unrated
  • Festivals: Festival des Films du Monde Montréal (2014), Festival International du Film d'Amour de Mons, Belgique (2015)

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