Algeria, 1516. The pirate Aroudj Barbarossa frees Algiers from the tyranny of the Spanish and seizes power over the kingdom. Rumor has it he murdered King Salim Toumi despite their alliance. Against all odds, one woman will stand up to him: Queen Zaphira. Between history and legend, this woman’s journey tells of a struggle, of personal and political turmoil endured for the sake of Algiers.
Damien Ounouri is an Algerian-French director based in Algiers. He studied cinema theory, developing its practical application as a self-taught skill. His documentary Fidai (2012) had its premiere at the Toronto TIFF and was shown in cinemas throughout France. His medium-length film Kindil El Bahr (2016) had its premiere at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and was broadcast on ARTE. The last queen is his first full-length feature film.