Sofiane (left) and one of his colleagues on the set of RAPT (right)
Sofiane Bellali is a young Kabyl director who is interested in making action films. RAPT (Kidnapping) is his first of the kind and tells the story of the kidnapping of the son of a wealthy Kabyl. It is not at all surprising that the first Kabyl action film is about kidnapping because the region has recently fallen victim to this sort of crime, unfortunately. Just in the last month two separate such incidents happened: a seventy year old man was kidnapped in Amechras and recently released (without rasom), but another a much younger person named Mourad Bilek, the son of operator of the French car maker Renault dealership in Algeria. The latter has not yet been released.
Sofiane is a very young and energetic video aficionado from Bughni (near Tizi-Wezzu) who put together a team of young actors and video producers who just went ahead and di something they liked. They did not come out of a prestegious film school or anything like that, they simply had a passion. Most of the team members are from the Bughni area. The film RAPT was shown at a film festival in Tunis this year but has not yet been released publicly.
Sofiane and his team of video producers and actors should be encouraged to push even further and bring Kabyl and Amazigh cinema in general in to this unchartered territory and give Amazigh art and artists a chance to develop and excel for the benefit of Imazighen and all humanity.
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