Bab El-Oued City

Bab El-Oued City

Bab El-Oued City is a 1994 Algerian drama film directed by Merzak Allouache. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the FIPRESCI Award.


Boualem is a baker's boy who works early mornings and sleeps during the day. One day, the imam's prayer is boosted to full volume through Bab El-Oued's loud speakers, leading Boualem to tear out one of those speakers and throw it in the sea. The Islamic authorities of the city launch a manhunt for the perpetrator.