Spotlight: Morocco

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    With no less than six films from Morocco in this year's program, IDFA puts the spotlight on today’s documentary film scene of the country and its artists. Remarkable, challenging and personal films dealing with identity in cinema and art, in family life and in the experience of diaspora, constructing a universal sense of home and belonging. Writer and member of the jury of IDFA 2020, Abdelkader Benali wrote a beautiful essay about the films in this selection.

    Titles in this Pathway

    Before the Dying of the Light

    • Ali Essafi
    • 2020

      This glittering collage of posters, magazine covers, archive footage, jazz music, and cartoons takes you back to the art scene of 1970s Morocco. It was a time of excitement about the future, but was extinguished by repression.

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      Mothers

      • Myriam Bakir
      • 2020

        In Morocco, unmarried women who become pregnant still risk criminal prosecution and social exclusion. The Oum El Banine association in Agadir, headed by 62-year-old feminist Mahjouba Edbouche, is there to support them.

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        Mutts

        • Halima Ouardiri
        • 2019

          Atmospheric shots accompanied by spot-on sound design capture the daily life of hundreds of stray dogs in a Moroccan shelter. With resignation they unknowingly wait to be adopted.

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          The Postcard

          • Asmae El Moudir
          • 2020

            Finding an old picture postcard of a mountain village marks the start of an existential journey for director Asmae El Moudir. She explores life in Zawia, Morocco, where her mother was born.

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            A Way Home

            • Karima Saïdi
            • 2020

              Filmmaker Karima Saïdi’s mother has Alzheimer’s. Now, they turn their thoughts back in time together, for one last time. A poetic portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship, renewed acquaintance, and a loving farewell.

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              Ziyara

              • Simone Bitton
              • 2020

                A personal pilgrimage through Morocco, once home to 300,000 Jews. Long after their departure, their traces can still be seen in Jewish shrines, synagogues, neighborhoods, and cemeteries, which today are lovingly maintained by the locals.

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