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My Name Is Not Ali (2011)

Jannat 'Ali (original title)
Viola Shafik's documentary explores the story of El Hedi ben Salem, a lover and collaborator of provocative German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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Viola Shafik

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Viola Shafik
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El Hedi ben Salem ... Self (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudolf Waldemar Brem ... Self
Thea Eymèsz Thea Eymèsz ... Self
Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Self (archive footage)
Irm Hermann ... Self
Hans Hirschmüller ... Self
Abd El-Kader Jarrary Abd El-Kader Jarrary ... Self
Najat Ghribihamdan Jarrary Najat Ghribihamdan Jarrary ... Self
Zakia Jarrary Zakia Jarrary ... Self
Zeina Jarrary Zeina Jarrary ... Self
Renate Leiffer Renate Leiffer ... Self
Hafsia Mellaim Hafsia Mellaim ... Self
Marie Odile Notter Marie Odile Notter ... Self
Nikolas Notter Nikolas Notter ... Self
Kurt Raab ... Self (archive footage)
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Viola Shafik's documentary explores the story of El Hedi ben Salem, a lover and collaborator of provocative German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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My Name Is Not Ali
19 April 2018 | by sunheadbowedSee all my reviews

'My Name Is Not Ali' is the very sad and bizarre story of one of Fassbinder's most recognisable stars, the mysterious, gentle-hearted Moroccan immigrant of 'Fear Eats the Soul', El Hedi ben Salem.

This documentary is both moving and confusing, we never really get to find out who the real Salem was or understand what motivated him, but it seems like no one in his real life did either. The mystery of his suicide in a French prison seems to be cleared up, at least, as apparently instead he died of a heart attack when playing football with other inmates.

While both actor and director were dead before they reached 45, the real victims of the romantic and artistic collaboration between El Hedi ben Salem and Rainer Werner Fassbinder were Salem's children, who were uprooted from their basic but happy lives in Morocco to be thrust into Fassbinder's dangerous and alien fast-living world of cocaine, controversial filmmaking and emotional chaos, and their participation in the documentary makes for the most gripping interviews.

Possibly because his aura of mystery was so powerful, one of Salem's sons even believes that he never died and is still alive somewhere today, with a new family.


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Germany

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Arabic | German

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7 November 2011 (Germany) See more »

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Ali im Paradies - My Name is not Ali See more »

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