film director Hamid Benamra

Hamid Benamra is an author, film director and editor since 1981
a film critic since 2014
he is 5 Dan Shotokan Karate 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.

film director Hamid Benamra



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.

film director Hamid Benamra

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".

film director Hamid Benamra

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).

film director Hamid Benamra

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.

film director Hamid Benamra

1984 Bruxelles.


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.

film director Hamid Benamra


Pieces of lives, Pieces of dreams is awarded best documentary and audience choice.
The film is been taught in 2 Tunisian universities.

film director Hamid Benamra


"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 director Hamid Benamra

Film critic Mohamed Rouda's Book of Cinema #9


A new feature in progress: Timelife with Stephanie Benamra and Mohamad Malas' repeated confidence.

film director Hamid Benamra

Mohamad Malas - shooting of Timelife - a D-Day landing beach (2018)

film director Hamid Benamra




For a Better Life   55 min
shot in La Glacière, a working-class district of Algiers


From the Life of the Amateurs   55 min
shot in La Glacière, a working-class district of Algiers


A failed Film   15 min
shot in La Glacière, a working-class district of Algiers


Close-Up   30 min
shot in La Glacière, a working-class district of Algiers


Story-Over   26 min
A fictional self-portrait shot in Bruxelles


Emiko   8 min
with Emiko Ito


Once Upon a Time a ToadCat   11 min
with ElisaBeth Ricolleau, Stephanie Benamra and Léalys Benamra


Reveries of the Solitary Actor   90 min
with Mohamed Adar and Stéphanie Benamra


Timelife   103 min
with Mohamed Malas and Stéphanie Benamra



Bagneux, Open City   75 min
19 portraits of artists of Bagneux, a southern suburb of Paris


Kime, Bare Hands   52 min
with 8 Dan shotokan Karate Daniel Baur


Pieces of Lives, Pieces of Dreams   76 min
with committed graphic artist Mustapha Boutadjine


Hizam (Belt)   86 min
with Arab dancer Assia Guemra



Babour Zammar   6 min
with Abir Nasraoui and Salah Teskouk


Henna   4 min
with Yolla Khalife and Hana Benamra
film director Hamid Benamra


Adab Akhbarely

dives into his characters' souls


A sharpshooter.
No need to read his name to identify his films.

Le Soir d'Algerie

A dizzying narrative, a sculptor of the magical realism.

Al Ahram Weekly

The camera anticipate each look, adjusts to each step.

The Book of Cinema


An Endless talent

Al Nour

intellectual and carnal challenge woven in microscopic films

Al Akhbar

Calm and rumbling, like a river.

Le Quotidien d'Oran

No servitude to film industry, a director of genious.

The CIFF Bulletin

A filmmaker should be like a scarab who never gives up

Al Arab

Inside an exceptional filming fact

Reporters DZ

Intelligence and courage


A surrealist narration and poetic pictures

Le Soir d'Algerie

Wobbling between reality and oneirism


Attacking & peaceful, deep & radiant, surprises constantly

Al Rai

Exceptional pictures of civilizational mixing


A poem to women who shaped me as a man

Al Kahera

An Intense femininity that gives sense to men


The UFO Algerian filmmaker

Asharq Al-Awsat

A high-level artistic style, his films know no borders


"My films touch the heart as well as the brain."


Algérie Actualités

1981 - Benamra is 17 and resemble Maiakovski.


1982 - Debuts with a camera

Les 2 écrans #50

1982 - Godard's children cleverly swarmed to the suburbs of Algiers.

Algérie Actualités

1985 - Oneiric pictures to refuse death


1986 - He is a genious and predicts he wins the award

Révolution Africaine

1986 - Hopes and fears

Révolution Africaine

1988 - A gifted man looking for graguation

El Chaab

1989 - Making films it's a search of Self


1991 - In me a giant called the Seventh Art

El Khabar

1991 - Love only exists in films

Variétés Magazine

1991 - Memories of Absence

El Moujahid

1991 - waiting for the chance of my life

El Watan

2006 - Slices of lives

El Watan

2006 - Painting travelling


2006 - A camera under his skin

El Khabar

2006 - Soon my films in Algeria


2006 - When the picture becomes emotional

Le jeune indépendant

2006 - I came back to a full life


2006 - Mad about films

La dépeche de Kabylie

2006 - I've never left Algeria behind

El Watan

2006 - a footage spotter




Hamid Benamra started writing for Aljazeera in 2014.

December 31, 2020

Raphael Confiant
writes the History of the Caribbean

December 16, 2020

Jimmy Jean-Louis,
from Haiti to Hollywood

November 30, 2020

Moussa Toure,
Is Slavery abolished?

November 18, 2020

Ziad Hamza,
I don't want to use the Syrian suffering in my films

October 19, 2020

La DorMeuse du Val
spoofing reality without making a mockery of it

September 23, 2020

How Cinema replaces History

September 01, 2020

Louis Le Prince,
the father of cinematography who vanished in a train

August 17, 2020

Women's Day,
Russian women who left their marks on History

July 17, 2020

Mohamed Nadif,
4 Tunisian women in a mental institution

March 9, 2020

Racism among the Tunisian society

December 31, 2019

Med Hondo,
a Masked Voice

November 30, 2019

Joker, a film that bets on the Poker winning card

November 18, 2019

Adnan Madanat,
Tales of violent nights between documentary and fiction

October 27, 2019

Kirill Razlogov,
History and Cinema

July 19, 2019

The screen does not lie,
Questionning the "Auteur theory"

September 10, 2014

The Lens has
a Memory Too

April 12, 2015

The Frame is a Multi-dimensional Window

December 12, 2014

Is Film Editing an Art of Inspiration or just Subject and Predicate?

July 7, 2015

Ramallah's Maradona... a Call to Siege your Besiege

January 13, 2015

Burqiba's Confinement... The Executioner Preys on Himself

October 23, 2014

A Bereaved Woman between Gaza and the West Bank

June 14, 2015

Fariba: a Decent Life despite the Mishaps

May 23, 2015

When Cinema Doesn't Handle Tragedy Well

March 4, 2015

Against Death: The Epic of Women in Sari

February 9, 2015

Never Die as a Refugee.. Emotion and Supplication

July 24, 2015

أنشودة الورد.. في مواجهة غول النفط

January 16, 2015

آخر الرحل بين الجزائر وتونس.. الحرية جواز السفر


1rst YATHA KATHA Int. Film & Literature Festival (India) November 2021
1rst ONTARIO Int. Film Festival (Canada) October 2020 - Juror International Student Films
26 TETOUAN Int. Film Festival (Morocco) March 2020 - Juror Documentary
8 NADOR FICMEC (Morocco) Nov. 2019 - Main jury
4 YALTA EURASIAN BRIDGE (Russia) Sept. 2019- President of the Documentary Jury
23 RABAT Int. Film Festival (Morocco) 2018 - Juro Film Critics
4 AFRICLAP Toulouse (France) 2017 - President of the Jury
6 LUXOR African Film festival (Egypt) 2017 - Juror Documentary
film director Hamid Benamra


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