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Pacific Club

by Valentin Noujaïm
2023, 16’37’’
Presented at the 16th edition of Lo schermo dell’arte, 2023
Film part of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images 12th edizione, 2023
In 1979, the Pacific Club was opened in the basement of La Défense – the business district of Paris. It was the first nightclub for Arabs from the suburbs; a parallel world of dance, sweat, young loves, and one-night utopias. Azedine, 17 years old at the time, tells us the forgotten story of this club and of this generation who dreamed of integrating into France but who soon came face to face with racism, the AIDS epidemic, and heroin.
Valentin Noujaïm ( France, 1991) lives and works in Frankfurt. He was a resident at Artagon (Marseille), Villa Medici (Rome) and Lafayette Anticipations (Paris).
Supported by funding organizations such as Doha Film Institute, AFAC – Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, CNAP – Centre National des Arts Plastiques, and CNC – Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, his works have been screened internationally, including: Centre Pompidou (Paris); CPH:DOX (Copenhagen); DocLisboa; Dokufest (Prizren, Kosovo); CNAC Magasin (Grenoble); BlackStar Film Festival (Philadelphia, USA); Festival International du cinéma de Nyon.