New movie explores US/Arab relations

French Algerian director at work on trilogy opener.
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French Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb, who has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Film three times, has finished principal photography on “Just Like a Woman,” a road movie set in America. The film is the first in a trilogy exploring changing relationships between the Western and Arab worlds.

He plans to make two more American-set films with Arabic sensibilities, including a buddy comedy and a Mexican border drama starring Forest Whitaker. All three will be English language.
“I’m always interested in what happens between the Arabic world and the West,” Bouchareb said this week. “I come from North Africa, I lived in Paris and I made North African and Algerian and French movies, and now movies in America. But the stories are universal.”

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