Short film


Amira-Géhanne Khalfallah
Algeria, France
2019 | 12′ | o.v. Arabic

Petite is a little girl, the only child in her village. She wanders in the middle of the Sahara, inventing games in a dying oasis. One day, she discovers a place populated by blind people: they are the last remaining survivors from the test of “Gerboise Bleue.”


Amira-Géhanne Khalfallah was born in 1975 and raised in Algeria. Graduate in cellular and molecular biology, it is nevertheless towards writing that she’s turning. Installed in Morocco since 2007, she is also a journalist specializing in culture. After two short films, she writes and develops her first feature narrative film The Return of the Jerboas themed around the question of nuclear tests in Sahara during the 60’s and their damages. La Petite won the Methexis Award as Best Short at MedFilm 2020.

[La Petite]
Screenplay: Amira-Géhanne Khalfallah
Cinematography: Eva Sehet
Editing: Youri Tchao Debats
Sound: Jules Valeur, Saoussen Tatah
Production Design: Mehdi Djelil
Costume Design: Hadjira Tafat
Cast: Chams Chakiri, Abdellah Chakiri, Safia Soudani, Abdelhak Eddawli
Producer: Jaber Debzi
Co-producer: Nathalie Trafford
Production: Prolégomènes, Paraiso Production