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Behind Closed Doors

Fall Grant 2015 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

Yakout Elhababi / Feature Documentary / Morocco, Qatar / 80 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Women, Environmental, Biography, Social Issues, Youth, Psychological, Children, Creative Documentary


‘Behind Closed Doors’ is a portrait of a farming family living in one of the most marginalised regions of northern Morocco. Only one thing grows in their brutal climate: kif. This taboo is seen through the eyes of the children, who learn the gestures of growing the illicit crop before their mother tongue. This is a film about parents fighting to provide role models against all odds. They inherited the lands, and stand somewhere between the fear of selling out their roots and the dream of fleeing.


Yakout Elhababi
Yakout Elhababi
Vincent Melilli

About the Director

Yakout Elhababi graduated from the ESAV Marrakech film school in 2010, and INSAS Brussels in 2013, where she studied editing. She has worked on several Moroccan narrative and documentary productions, and also works as a freelance editor. Elhababi is currently developing ‘Behind the Doors’, her first feature-length documentary, set in her home region of northern Morocco.

Production Company Profile

Esav Production was launched in 2015. Its mission is to guide students of the École Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech (ESAV) through the making of their first professional projects, and to produce a new generation of filmmakers and cinema professionals in Morocco and the African continent. In 2015, Esav Production developed five short films, and work is underway on six shorts and a feature-length documentary in 2016.


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