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Virtual Cinema: Papicha

Front Room Phoenix

Thu 01 Jan 1970 - Thu 01 Jan 1970





Virtual Cinema: Papicha

Virtual Cinema: Papicha


Studio 74 may be temporarily closed, but we’re not going to let that get in the way of bringing arts and culture to Exeter. Welcome to Front Room Phoenix – our way of beaming online creative activity straight to your sofa! We have teamed up with Peccadillo Pictures to bring you the virtual release of Mounia Meddour’s Papicha. 

Read on to find out more about the film and how to watch. You will be directly supporting Studio 74 – your local independent cinema – the revenue will be split between the distributor and the venue.


Dir. Mounia Meddour | 1h48 | 2019
French/Arabic with English subtitles

Underground discos thud to the beat of dance music as men and women dress to the nines and slip through checkpoints to party the night away. Meanwhile, fingers on triggers, tensions mount between armed police forces and anti-government guerillas. This is Algiers in the 1990s.

What headstrong fashion student Nedjma – ‘Papicha’ to her friends – doesn’t know, is that her life is about to change forever…

Lifting the lid on the radical events of the Algerian Civil War, Mounia Meddour’s Papicha follows the trials and tribulations of a group of determined young women as they come face to face with a new, dangerous reality.

‘Papicha is an Algerian word that refers to a funny, attractive, liberated young woman.’

#papicha | @peccapics

How To Watch 

The film is available to rent on Vimeo from 7 Aug – 4 Sep. When you rent the film you will have 72 hours to watch the title. 

25% of the rental will go directly to supporting Exeter Phoenix. 

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