After the Fire

Director: Mehdi Fikri
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World premiered as part of the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival’s Discovery Program
Tackles police brutality targeting North African immigrants in France
Stars French-Algerian pop star Camélia Jordana, winner of the César Award for Most Promising Actress
Screened at several French film festivals and released commercially in Canadian theaters
After the Fire Poster
2023/ France96 min/ Drama
Original Title
Avant Que Les Flammes Ne S'eteignent
Following the death of her younger brother during a police intervention, Malika embarks on a legal battle to ensure a trial takes place. However, her quest for truth jeopardizes the stability of her family.
Camélia Jordana, Sofiane Zermani, Sofian Khammes, Sonia Faidi


Screenwriter: Mehdi Fikri
DOP: Mehdi Fikri
Sound: Cédric Berger
Editor: Béatrice Herminie
Music: Andrea Boccadoro

Production Company(ies)
Topshot Films, The Film, BAC Films

Arthur Goisset, Michaël Gentille

film festivals
Toronto Internation Film Festival, Canada
Rome Film Fest, Italy
Tübingen | Stuttgart International French-language Film Festival, Germany
Geneva International Film Festival, Switzerland
TAPIS ROUGE French Filmfestival, Netherlands
Unifrance Rendez-Vous in Paris, France
Beaujolais Meetings of French-speaking Cinema, France
film awards
Jury Special Mention at the Rome Film Fest
High School Students’ Award at the Beaujolais Meetings of French-speaking Cinema
“Aims to be the definitive word on the corrupt policing and social disenfranchisement affecting so many immigrant communities.”
David Katz — Cineuropa

“AFTER THE FIRE benefits from a superb screenplay from Fikri. Like many movies that fight for civil rights, yes, there's a grander, socially relevant goal that pushes the characters through the film, but, at the same time, Fikri never loses sight of the family at hand.”
Jericho Tadeo — MOVIEWEB

“Sets the stage to depict just how damaging systemic racism is in countries dominated by institutions built upon white supremacy.”
Jared Mobarak — The Film Stage