Hamid Benamra is an author, film director and editor since 1981
a film critic since 2014
and has been doing Karate since he is 7
He was born in 1964 in a working-class district of Algiers (La Glaciere) but his very first film made at 17 already expressed his genuine talent.
Compared by the Press to Godard, a French scholarship sent him to Paris in 1988.
Always camera on hand, his 38 years footage enables him to inject a unique temporal depth to his films.
The frame acuracy, a poetic language and his luxuriant narrative cleverly spun sign a recognizable and unique brand of his kind.
The narrative takes root in each moment of reality.
The truth, extracted from context, is fictionalized.
A way of staging life.
Hamid Benamra was born in Hussein-Dey (Algiers).
The very first time he watched a film at 5 made him want to become a filmmaker.
4 DAN Hamid Benamra has been doing Shotokan Karate since 1971.
"An authentic filmmaker has emerged" Mr Abdenour writes in Algérie Actualités, Hamid Benamra is 17.
Mouny Berrah in Les 2 écrans #50 "Godard's children have also cleverly swarmed to the suburbs of Algiers. Benamra works through each idea, through each emotion".
Cinematheque of algiers 1981: Hamid presents his first 55 min film.
He had studied philosophy for 3 years (1985-88) in Algiers before a French grant sent him to the filming school ESEC in Paris (1988-90).
Then he attended Marc Ferro's History & Films classes at EHESS for 5 years (1990-95).
1987 Marseille (France).
Benamra had already completed 6 narrative films screened in the Cinematheques of Algeria.
Some were selected and awarded in Bruxelles and at the FESPACO.
Several short documentaries featuring performers and artists including the public order Bagneux, an open city.
Over 38 years, camera on hand, on the lookout for special moments, Hamid Benamra stored thousand of rushes to prepare the upcoming projects.
Pieces of lives, Pieces of dreams is awarded best documentary and audience choice.
The film is been taught in 2 Tunisian universities.
"An endless talent" film critic Mohammed Rouda rewards Reveries of the Solitary Actor with the highest rank of 5 stars given to only 2 other films Knight of Cups by Terrence Malick and Francofonia by Alexander Sokurov.
The 38th Cairo Film Festival world premieres Hizam.
Film critic Mohamed Rouda's Book of Cinema #9
A new feature in progress: Timelife with Stephanie Benamra and Mohamad Malas' repeated confidence.
Mohamad Malas - shooting of Timelife - a D-Day landing beach (2018)
Hamid Benamra started writing for Aljazeera in 2014.