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Since the early 1990s, when a bloody civil war broke out in Algeria between the government and Islamist militants, the concept of haram—the forbidden—has demanded the rigid separation of men and women. Café Désirs is a fascinating look at a generation of young, single Algerian men as they come of age in the ancient city of Constantine, trapped between strict religious virtue and sexual desire. Three eloquent guides take us into the male-only world of cafés and hookah lounges, to talk openly about their lives, their frustrations with work and the social dangers of living in a sexually repressed society. It's a world especially fraught for those pursuing same-sex relationships, which are illegal and severely punished. Café Désirs is an engaging and complex exploration of male sexuality and gender politics in a country still struggling with the aftermath of civil war and colonialism. Lynne Fernie

Credits

  • Director(s)

    • Raymonde Provencher
  • Producer(s)

    • Raymonde Provencher
  • Writer(s)

    • Raymonde Provencher
  • Editor(s)

    • Aube Foglia
  • Cinematography

    • François Beauchemin
  • Music

    • Robert Marcel Lepage
  • Sound

    • Marcel Fraser
    • Benoît Dame
    • Catherine Van Der Donckt
    • Éric Leboeuf

Promotional Partners

Focus On Program supported by

K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation

Canada Media Fund
Made in Canada Q&A presented with the support of Canada Media Fund.

Canada Media Fund
Made in Canada Q&A presented with the support of Canada Media Fund.

Canada Media Fund
Made in Canada Q&A presented with the support of Canada Media Fund.

Canada Media Fund
Made in Canada Q&A presented with the support of Canada Media Fund.

Canada Media Fund
Made in Canada Q&A presented with the support of Canada Media Fund.

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