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The Desert Fish (Hout Essahra)

DFI Cinema

Alaa Eddine Aljem / Short Narrative / Morocco, France, Belgium, Qatar / 2013 / 18 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Arabic
Interests: Social Issues, Family
Rated: Mature subject matter which may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised.Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas.



The southern desert of Morocco. The son wants to become a fisherman and is always dreaming of the sea. The father is a gravedigger who cannot understand his son’s desire to leave their land. The boy’s mother, who is ill, wants to see her family happy together. A story about a father and son who must be separated if they are to meet up again.

About the Director

Alaa Eddine Aljem was born in Rabat in 1988. He joined the School of Visual Arts in Marrakech, the first film school in Morocco, graduating with a degree in film directing. His debut short film, ‘The Ritual’, made in his second year at the school, was screened at many festivals around the world. The same year, Aljem made his first documentary, ‘The House of Rumours’, which received a Special Mention at the International Festival in Casablanca; and ‘National Education’, a fiction short. After graduating, he obtained a Masters degree from the INSAS school in Brussels, and directed ‘Tribute’, another short. His films have been selected for festivals around the world.


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