How long can you deny a pregnancy, hide it? Not long, as the 20-year-old Moroccan Sofia found out: her waters broke suddenly in the kitchen of her parental home. Her cousin Lena takes her to hospital, but there they face problems; in Morocco, sex outside marriage is an offence. A woman having a baby can only be admitted to hospital when there’s a man to acknowledge fathering the unborn child. In order to get help, save her family's honour and stay out of jail, Sofia must find the father of her child and marry him as soon as possible.

In a calm, unadorned style, Meryem Benm'Barek slowly reveals the scale of the social forces oppressing Sofia. Class differences, written and unwritten rules, hypocrisy and abuse of power all play a role in this self-assured feature debut, in which Sofia tries to stay on top of the situation with far-reaching consequences.

Filmmaker
Meryem Benm'Barek
Country
Morocco, France, Qatar
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
80’
Language
Arabic, French
Producer
Olivier Delbosc
Production Company
Curiosa Films
Sales
Be For Films
Writer
Meryem Benm'Barek
Cinematography
Son Doan
Editor
Céline Perréard
Production Design
Samuel Charbonnot
Cast
Maha Alemi, Lubna Azabal, Sarah Perles, Faouzi Bensaïdi, Hamza Khafif, Nadia Niazi, Rawia