During the civil war in 1997, Algeria was taken over by terrorist groups seeking to establish an Islamic state. The film is based on real events.
Nedjma is an 18-year-old student who is passionate about fashion design, but terrorists who want to introduce a Muslim regime are everywhere in Algeria. As the social climate becomes more authoritarian, she rejects the new bans and religious dress codes introduced by the radicals. She decides to fight for her own freedom and independence by setting up a fashion show.