PAPICHA | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 108m 24s

Release date 07/08/2020

Ratings Info sexual violence, strong threat

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Mounia Meddour

Cast includes Lyna Khoudri, Shirine Boutella, Amira Hilda Douaouda, Yasin Houicha, Zahra Amir Ebrahimi

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for 15 years and over icon15

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 28/07/2020

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

PAPICHA is an Algerian drama, set during the Algerian Civil War, in which a young woman rebels against the rise of Islamic fundamentalism by organising a fashion show.

Sexual violence

A man attempts to rape a woman, but she manages to get away.

Threat and horror

A group of men burst in on a gathering of women and start shooting at them. Some of the women are killed, without strong visual detail, and another is chased by one of the shooters.

There are scenes of sexist discrimination throughout, including ones in which people threaten women and tell them to cover up their bodies and stay at home. A non-graphic shooting results in moderate bloody aftermath detail. Another scene shows a woman being treated for a black eye after being hit by her boyfriend off screen. There are moderately intense scenes of bereavement and emotional distress. Other issues include infrequent use of strong language (‘f**k’).


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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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