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Of Sheep and Men (15*) + ScreenTalk

Shubbak Festival

Man with sheep

The parallel stories of two men and their sheep provide the backdrop to Karim Sayad’s subtly observed, charming debut feature documentary.

Set in Bab el Oued, Algiers, Of Sheep and Men follows young Habib – a sixteen year old who, unable to follow his dreams of becoming a veterinarian, has bought a sheep to train into a fighting champion instead – and 42-year-old Samir, who simply sees his cattle as a means to an end, and is looking towards the Eid celebration on the horizon to sell his sheep.

Reflecting on the codified rituals of violence that underline the deeply empathetic relationship these two men have with their animals, Karim Sayad’s subtly observed, charming debut feature documentary also brings into play a reflection of Algeria’s history, tainted by sacrifice and violence.

* = locally classified by the City of London Corporation


France/Switzerland/Algeria 2016 Dir Karim Sayad Run time 78 min

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