100% Arabica (Art Mattan, 2006) is now available in the United
States on DVD. In this light-hearted musical comedy with a message, a North
African pop group called Rap Oriental uses music to triumph over the bigotry and
violence in 100% Arabica, the housing project on the outskirts of Paris that
they call home.
The band and their devoted fans are pitted against religiously conservative
elders who want to stop the music. The film features
real-life stars of rai music–a combination of North African sounds and
western-style rap. The pair offers a message with a beat as they rock, groove,
and ultimately soothe their ‘hood with their unique sound.
Directed by Mahmoud Zemmouri, the DVD is available in French, which is the
original language; and in English, subtitled.