The 68-year-old director had been suffering from a long illness.

The award-winning Algerian film director, Yamina Bachir Chouikh, has died in Algiers.

She was best known for her film Rachida, the story of a young teacher’s struggle against terrorism in Algiers.

It won prizes around the world.

The movie, which took her five years to make, was the first to be directed by a woman in Algeria.

The Lumieres Cinema Association said the 68-year-old director had been suffering from a long illness.

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