100% Arabica

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Set in a rent-controlled Paris suburb populated entirely by North Africans, this comedy of music and cross-culturalism centers on a battle waged between the neighborhood youth, who are seeking a way in which to integrate their native cultures with French ways, and the fundamentalist Muslim faction who insist that separatism and staunch adherence to their faith is the only way to live. Rachid and Krimo (played by popular Algerian Rai singers Khaled and Cheb Mami) are the leaders of Rap Oriental, a pop band that combines Rai music with rap/hip-hop. Their radical music gets the two in trouble with the local leader Slimane, a hypocritical bigot who makes money by strong-arming area merchants. Slimane proclaims that Islam, not music, is what modern youth need to stay out of trouble. The mayor supports him and this has a divisive effect on the band. A comedy with a satirical edge that takes many swipes at religious fundamentalism, the film has earned director Mahmoud Zemmouri, who has lived in Paris for 15 years, death threats from Islamic extremists.


Cheb Mami
as Krimo
as Slimane
Patrice Thibaud
as Bernard Lemercier
Nedjma Berder
as Zoubida, Rachid's Mother
Bass Dhem
as 3 Diop Member
Balla Toure
as 3 Diop Member
Gaoussou Diara
as 3 Diop Member
as Rabah
Micky El Mazroui
as Farid, Krimo's Cousin
Roger Muni
as The Depute-mayor
Michel Monsay
as The Mayor's Assistant
Mahmoud Zemmouri
as Tahar, The Butcher
Fatiha Berber
as Majid's Mother
Jacques Cuirassier
as Young Rollerblader
Tommy Dabadie
as Young Rollerblader
Hakim Nait Chalal
as Young Rollerblader
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