Documentary / Development Funding

Egypt, Algeria, France \ Arabic, French \ 90 minutes

Director: Mohamed Siam
Director’s Company: ArtKhana
Producers: Francois D’Artemare
Production Companies: Les Films de l’apres-midi
Swedish Co-producer: Christer Nilson
Production Company: GotaFilm


Ethel is a Jewish Algerian student of arts in Paris. Born and raised in France to both Algerian immigrant parents and grandparents. She’s a member of the Gilets Jaunes (The Yellow Vests Movement). When the Algerian movement happened Ethel decides to go in a self-searching odyssey to join her people and find her roots in Algeria.

Mohamed Siam

Siam is a Member of The Academy — The Oscars. He’s a fiction and documentary award winning filmmaker whose films have been granted from Sundance, Cinereach, World Cinema Fund, AFAC and Sorfond, and have been screened at NYFF, Karlovy Vary film festivals and has won The Grand Prize and Best Cinematography in Carthage for his film “WHOSE COUNTRY?”. Winner of the Sheffield Jury Prize, his film “AMAL” was IDFA’s Opening Film that won Robert Bosch Film Prize, London arab film festival Grand Prize and Thessaloniki Award among others. Siam is a jury member at numerous international film festivals and film commissions. A fellow scholar and filmmaker resident in the American University in Paris 2018.

Francois d’Artemare

François d’Artemare established in 1996 the Portuguese film company Filmes do Tejo which now runs a library of more than 70 titles. He founded Les Films de l’Après-Midi in Paris in 2001 where he produced award winning films from around the world, among them “THE HERO” by Zeze Gamboa – World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival 2005, “SNOW” by Aida Begic – International Critics’ Week Grand Prix Award, Cannes 2008 and “CHILDRENS OF SARAJEVO” – Mention of the Jury Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2012. Alongside his work in feature films’ development with renowned international filmmakers, he is in currently in post production for “Made in Bangladesh” by Rubaiyat Hossein and “Noura Dreams” by Hinde Boujemaa

Christer Nilson

Producer & Managing Director of GötaFilm، Nilson has 15 years of experience as a freelancer in film and theatre. He founded GÖTAFILM  in 1989 and has since then produced and co-produced more than 20 Swedish features, 15 int, 30 hours of prime-time drama-series, more than 20 hours of  documentaries and 15 short films. Nilson is also a member of the Swedish Producers Union, ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen) and European Film Academy, visiting Professor in “The Production of Film” at University West in Swedenand and a guest-lecturer at the University of Gothenburg and the Norwegian Filmschool in Lillehammer.