Nadia's Journey

This feature documentary tells the story of Nadia Zouaoui, a woman who was forced by her parents into an arranged marriage with an Algerian living in Montreal when she was 19 years old. The man, who was twice her age, chose Nadia from a photograph. After 18 years away, Nadia goes back to Kabylia, Algeria, to see if things have changed in her native land. There, she travels behind the tourist facade and into the complex reality of women held captive in their own homes from puberty onwards, a tragic custom many men feel powerless to change.

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Nadia Zouaoui
Nadia Zouaoui
Carmen Garcia
Nadia Zouaoui
Jean-Marie Drot
Claudine Sauvé
sound recording
Diane Carrière
original music
Jimmy Tanaka
sound editing
Leopoldo Gutierrez
narration text
Nadia Zouaoui
Nadia Zouaoui
Luc Léger
Thrifa Gasmi
Kamel Tamssaout
Zahra Amirat
Kahina Tamssaout
Linda Oulebsir
Farouja Cherradou
Tounsia Nait Benali
Ouazna Tamssaout
Rezkia Bouaboud
Malek Bouaboud
Zohra Benaissou
Madiha Bellal
Zahra Boussoura
Mabrouk Bouaboud
Saliha Bouaboud
Chafia Bouaboud
Rachid Bouaboud
Gaya Bouaboud
Mazigh Bouaboud
Tinhinan Bouaboud
Abdenour Oulebsir
Yasmina Tamssaout
executive producer
Yves Bisaillon
Carmen Garcia


  • hskalra

    “My sms to family and friends after seeing the film yesterday at Alliance Francaise Bombay. "Everybody has his own fate. Some get a rabbit, some get a mouse while some might get a donkey" says an old woman to a small girl who was asking her to apply more henna on her hands after the earlier one had washed away. The occasion was a wedding in the village. Women are generally their effervescent selves, everywhere. I happen to see this yesterday in a documentary on Algerian women. Happy Women's Day.” — hskalra, 7 Mar 2014

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