(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Salem Brahimi's feature debut, Let Them Come, about Algeria's "dark decade" in the 1990s when terrorism nearly destroyed the country, is one of the strongest titles in the Muhr Arab feature competition, and given the current state of world affairs, one of the most resonant. "I wanted it to be a very relatable story, because it's easy to theorize about terrorism, or hide behind terrifying figures of horror and faceless entities engaged in war," he says. "So I thought it would be more interesting and challenging to provide a different, more intimate perspective. In any case, when I discovered the novel by Arezki Mellal Let Them Come, I was sure this was the story I wanted to tell."
Brahimi made his start in the film world as an intern with Michele and Costa Gavras's production company, KG Prods. He recounts, "From one film to another, learning how to roll cables, carry equipment, Xerox scripts, location scout, I learned the ropes. It was very old school, from the ground-up film education. And I wouldn't want it any other way as it made me feel very comfortable with the whole process of making films, and also with a film crew, on a film set."
KG Prods. returned the favour, producing Let Them Come and giving Brahimi his first producer credits.