79 minutes, 2017
Réalisation : Karim SAYAD (Swiss, Algeria)
Production : Close Up Films (Swiss), Norte Productions (France)
Alger, Bab el Oued, 2016. Habib, 16, dreams of becoming a vet. But when he stops school, he decides to train a ram named El Bouq, hoping to make it a champion of sheep fighting. Samir, 42, has no dreams other than to survive the everyday difficulties of his life by selling sheep to earn some money.
As Eid approaches and the whole country is preparing to sacrifice a sheep, Samir has a unique opportunity to increase his profits. But for Habib, it’s another story. Will El Bouq become a champion? Or is it destined for a less glorious end?
Karim SAYAD was born in 1984 in Lausanne of an Algerian father and a Swiss mother. Having obtained a Master’s in International Relations from the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement in Geneva, he began taking an interest in making documentary films. His first short film “Babor Casanova” was given its first screening at Locarno in 2016 and has since been shown in more than twenty festivals, winning awards at such prestigious festivals as DocLisboa, Festival Dei Popoli and the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. “Des moutons et des hommes” is his first long documentary