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    Sofia

    Directed by Meryem Benm'Barek
    France/Qatar | 80 minutes | Focus On France

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    Sofia

    Directed by Meryem Benm'Barek
    France/Qatar | 80 minutes | Focus On France

In Morocco, having sex outside of marriage is punishable by a jail term. When young, single Sofia (Maha Alemi) and her family discover she’s about to give birth, director Meryem Benm'Barek-Aloïsi uses the subsequent family machinations to expose the hypocrisy intrinsic to Morocco’s patriarchal culture.

Schedule

January 14, 2019 3:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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film synopsis

In Morocco, sex outside of marriage is considered a crime, punishable by up to a year in jail. This fact serves as the basis for Meryem Benm'Barek-Aloïsi's extraordinarily well written and acted debut feature, already a multiple award-winner on the festival circuit. Unbeknown to her and her family, 20-year-old single Sofia (marvelous newcomer Maha Alemi) is very pregnant — and her water breaks during a family dinner. Her ambitious parents immediately begin to do all they can to save face and prevent the authorities from learning the truth — including forcing Sofia to marry the baby’s lower-class father, Omar, despite their class-based misgivings and Sofia’s own reluctance. To be sure, Benm’Barek-Aloïsi uses Sofia’s hard-pressed situation to expose the intrinsic hypocrisy shoring up Morocco’s patriarchal culture. But she also gives the last word to her heroine, making this a subtle and masterfully controlled observational drama.

In competition for the New Voices New Visions Award.

film details

Country: France/Qatar
Year: 2018
Running Time: 80 minutes
Language: in French and Arabic with English subtitles
Director: Meryem Benm'Barek
Producers: Oliver Delbosc
Principal Cast: Maha Alemi, Lubna Azabal, Sarah Perles, Faouzi Bensaidi, Hamza Khafif
Cinematographers: Son Doan
Editor: Céline Perreard
Screenwriter: Meryem Benm'Barek
Website: https://www.beforfilms.com/sofia
Primary Company: Be For Films

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