Qu'Allah Bénisse la France! (May Allah Bless France!)
Abd al Malik, 2014, 95 min
Signing the directorial debut of rapper Abd al Malik, this autobiographical film chronicles the life of Régis, a young artist who breaks from the drug-ridden streets of Strasbourg by turning to music, education and religion. Malik reflects on his personal journey saying, "I'm the kid that everyone told, 'You won't be able to study. You can't write, make music, or become famous.' And I've done all of those things." Shot in black and white, May Allah Bless France! is an homage to La Haine.