Youcef (1993)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama, Religious Drama  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Algeria , United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The conflict between the adherents of the new anti-modern version of Islam which is sometimes called "fundamentalist" and everyone else is the theme of this drama. In the story, Youcef (Mohamed Ali Allalou) fought valiantly against the French in the 1950s on behalf of Algerian independence. During the fighting, he received a head wound which left him amnesiac, and he has been in an asylum ever since. Somehow he regains his memory and surveys the present scene in his country. He perceives the fundamentalists to be every bit as great a threat to the freedoms he fought for as the French ever were, and enters into the fray against them. That the conflict in Algeria is real and bloody is witnessed by the dedication of this film to two men who were recently assassinated for their anti-fundamentalist convictions.