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The Blessed

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The Blessed

Available March 3 at 10:00 amMarch 10 at 11:59 pm ONLY

Writer/director Sofia Djama’s debut drama is set in Algiers in the wake of the long, brutal civil war, which lasted throughout the 1990s. Many Algerians fled the country; the ones who remain are caught between the trauma of the past, the challenges of the present, and the dashed hopes of the future. Over 24 hours, a handful of characters—a couple trying to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a night out, kids wanting to hang out with their friends—reckon with this state of affairs. But it’s not all bleak: “The Blessed is also a warm, intimately hewn drama” (Hollywood Reporter) with graceful performances. The film has been warmly received on the festival circuit.

Pricing/Film Availability Info: Admission to the series will be sold either as an all-access pass or a la carte, available in the JBFC Virtual Marquee. Pricing is $65 (members), $75 (nonmembers) for the all-access pass or $10 (members), $12 (nonmembers) per film. All film programs will be available to stream for the entire length of the series—films will become available at 10:00am on March 3 and will be open to stream for a week until 11:59pm on March 10. Once a film is started, pass holders will have 48 hours to finish, regardless of when in the series they start the film. Certain films in this series can and may sell out, so we encourage ticket and pass purchasers to secure their access by unlocking their films ASAP. Series passes and tickets will go on sale 2/24.

Tickets: $10 (members), $12 (nonmembers)

This film is part of the Contemporary Arab Cinema 2021 series.



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