Of Sheep and Men


The Main 1 Sun, Apr 15, 2018 9:30 AM
The Main 2 Sat, Apr 21, 2018 11:30 AM
The Main 2 Thu, Apr 26, 2018 9:30 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Original Title:Des Moutons et Des Hommes
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:World Cinema
Tags:Culture & Society
Voice Category:Take Me Away
Release Year:2017
Runtime:78 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Autlook Filmsales GmbH
Director:Karim Sayad
Producer:Joëlle Bertossa
Valentina Novati
Cinematographer:Patrick Tresch
Screenwriter:Karim Sayad
Editor:Naïma Bachir


True to the film’s title, director Karim Sayad’s poignant tale of the sheep “El Bouq” and his trainer and confidante, 16-year-old Habib, doesn’t shy away from the mirroring struggles of man and beast. Set in the Bab el Oued of Algiers in 2016, the documentary feature follows veterinarian-in-training Habib as he trains El Bouq to become a champion sheep fighter. In the meantime, the Eid celebration approaches, and 42-year-old Samir sees the upcoming festivities, particularly the tradition of the country’s slaughter of a prized sheep, as a potential money-maker. Perusing the prospects, he set his sights on El Bouq.

A look at growing up, man and beast, Of Sheep and Men is also the story of El Bouq, a rising champion whose only hope of escaping death may rest with the boy who loves him.

Director Biography

Karim Sayad Of Sheep and Men (’17) will mark filmmaker Karim Sayad’s feature-directorial debut, having also produced the short film Babor Casanova (’15). Born in 1984, Lausanne, Sayad is a graduate of the Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.


"Sayad builds a central metaphor of Algerians being treated like sheep by their apathetic government, but he doesn’t force it. He just lets us find our way to it between bouts." - Now Toronto


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