Since his kickoff film, Wesh Wesh, What’s Happening? (Léo Scheer Award at Entrevues 2001), Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche has been an un classifiable cornerstone of French cinema. He’s been plowing his very own bootlegged furrow, exploring both poetic and political paths to dissidence, whether he addresses contemporary social struggles (Dernier Maquis, 2008) or conjuring up distant figures; that of famous French smuggler Louis Mandrin, in Smuggler’s Song (2012), or Judas Iscariot (Story of Judas, 2015). His work is remarkable in that it draws both from the core of reality - crafting his film from this very material - and from utopia, as they regularly address the issue of overhauling the foundations of society. And this is why he is a vital filmmaker, now more than ever.