100% Arabica

Director:   Mahmoud Zemmouri
Year:   1997
Language:   French
Time:   85 minutes

Like many American rock and roll films, pits youngsters and their music against repressive authorities. In this case, young Muslim musicians roil the leaders of their Paris neighborhood by playing western-influenced music. It is a troubling sign of the dangers of extremism that this light, enjoyable musical comedy resulted in death threats for its director.

Not rated. Contains some vulgar language.

Links

Review from the Village Voice

Review by Brian Matherly

Review by James Berardinelli

Introduction to rai music

Listen to rai music from the artists featured in the film (Cheb Khaled, Cheb Mami)