13-19 November 2017

Special Screening

Tahqiq fel djenna (Investigating Paradise)
Merzak Allouache

Tahqiq fel djenna (Merzak Allouache)


On a quest to investigate Islamic paradise, young journalist Nedjma crisscrosses Algeria interviewing a range of people, including astute intellectuals, naive young men, enlightened religious scholars and political activists. It becomes clear that globalisation has contributed to what has now become an unbridled market for religion, and Paradise has become a desirable commodity. Interweaving dramatised black-and-white scenes with documentary interviews, Tahqiq fel djenna offers a multilayered analysis of the dangers that emanate from Salafism and Salafi interpretations of the Koran.


Merzak Allouache (Algeria, 1944) studied filmmaking at the Institut National du Cinéma in Algiers and at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques in Paris. In 1976 he directed his first feature, Omar Gatlato, followed by several films in France and Algeria. His work has been screened at numerous international film festivals.


  • Country Algeria, France
  • Year 2016
  • Format Digital
  • Running time 135 min
  • Image BW
  • Language Arabic, French
  • Subtitles Spanish, English
  • Production company Les. Asphofilms.
  • Producer Bahia Allouache
  • Screenplay Merzak Allouache, Bahia Allouache
  • Photography Hocine Hadj Ali
  • Editor Bahia Allouache
  • Sound Amine Teggar
  • Actors Salima Abada, Younès Sabeur-Cherif, Aïda Kechoud, Mohamed Bendaoud
  • Contact [email protected]


Ecumenical Jury Award - Berlinale Prix Télérama - Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels Biarritz Seattle International Film Festival Docs Against Gravity Film Festival


Friday 17, 21.30 h — Auditori CCCB

Spanish subtitles provided by the Festival de Cine Africano FCAT