This Moroccan film explores the experiences of young farmer Abdelwahad, who leaves for France to escape the grinding poverty of his homeland. Abdelwahad has been head of the family since his father’s death. Struggling to feed his seven brothers, and discouraged by the lack of prospects, he is attracted by a relative’s offer of work in France. Dreaming of a better life abroad, he waits for his travel
documents. But his mother, a grounded woman of strong character, refuses to see her eldest son leave and tries to dissuade him from emigrating. In this poignant film, director El Maanouni skilfully invites us into the slow unfolding of conflicts caused by traditions and emigration.
1978: Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival: Grand Prize
|Director:||Ahmed El Maanouni|
|Language:||Arabic with English or French subtitles|
|Producer:||Ahmed El Maanouni|