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Dir. Farid Haroud, France, 2020, 52 min
In his adopted homeland of France, and across much of North Africa, Rachid Taha achieved cult status, shaking up the global music scene with his inventive and fiery fusion of Algerian styles and rock, techno, and punk. His version of the 1940’s patriotic song, "La Douce France" (Sweet France) achieved national notoriety ironically informs the story of a journey of a young Algerian immigrant from the 70s promised to a working-class life who became a major artist, recognized worldwide. This bold reinterpretation by immigrants of the French standard was performed with a bitter irony that infuriated many listeners and was banned from radio. It was a statement - and a reminder - that all French citizens share the Republic’s values and are equals, regardless of their genders, origins, ethnicities and faiths. This film explores his activism, passions, collaborations, inspirations, and those he has inspired.