Direct from its Cannes Un Certain Regard premiere, Moroccan filmmaker Asmae El Moudir’s audacious feature melds fact, fiction and captivating figurines to lay bare a hidden personal and national history.
Asmae recreates the events around a government atrocity using doll-like figures, akin to Cambodian director Rithy Panh’s 2013 Cannes winner The Missing Picture
. But in this instance the focus is Morocco’s 1981 Bread Riots. Asmae’s father helps construct the scene, crafting a replica of the family’s former home and environs, to creating models of family, friends and former neighbours. Asmae’s mother provides support with needle, thread and fabric scraps. The finely detailed miniatures, and amusing juxtapositions of scale, create a place where memories can roam and long-held secrets can be revealed. Asmae’s fearsome grandmother is mightily dismissive of the process, raging equally against her tiny replica doll and her granddaughter’s ever-present camera. As recollections surface and terrible truths are revealed, the old woman remains stubbornly determined to leave history undisturbed, as all those around her confront the trauma of the past.SFF Award Winners Encore Screenings
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