SEPTEMBER 15-19, 2018


France, Qatar, 2018, 80 min.
Languages: French, Arabic
Format: DCP

Scriptwriter: Meryem Benm’Barek-Aloisi
Director: Meryem Benm’Barek-Aloisi
DoP: Son Doan
Composer: Aïda Merghoub
Editor: Céline Perreard
Artistic Producer: Lisa Verhaverbeke
Producers: Olivier Delbosc, Christine De Jekel, Saïd Hamich, Emilien Bignon

Cast: Maha Alemi, Lubna Azabal, Sarah Perles, Faouzi Bensaïdi, Hamza Khafif, Nadia Niazi, Rawia

Sofia, 20, lives with her parents in Casablanca. Suffering from pregnancy denial, she finds herself breaking the law by giving birth to a baby out of wedlock. The hospital gives her 24 hours to provide them with the identification papers of the child’s father before informing the authorities…

Meryem Benm’Barek

Born in 1984 in Rabat. She studied Arabic Languages and Civilisations at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris before entering the directing department at INSAS in Brussels in 2010, where she directed five shorts. NOR (2013) and JENNAH (2014) were selected for numerous festivals and considered as submission for an Academy Award in 2015. She also creates sound design art and has had exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. SOFIA, her first feature film, is a recipient of the Gan Fondation prize and a grant from the Doha Film Institute.

2018 Sofia
2014 Jennah (short)