Ajyal Film Festival 2022

All Films

Under Her Skin (À fleur de peau)

Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar - Ajyal Film Festival 2020

Meriem Mesraoua / Short Narrative / Qatar, France, Algeria / 2020 / 15 min / In Arabic / English subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


Making its world premiere in the Orizzonti Short Films Competition at Venice Film Festival last year, Meriem Mesraoua’s ‘Under Her Skin’ explores a young girl’s rite of passage as she struggles for control over her self-image. Disturbed by her daughter Sarah’s sudden nervous habit of nail-biting, a domineering mother attempts to correct the behaviour. But deeper issues are at play in this profoundly nuanced portrait of adolescence and rebellion.

About the Director

Meriem Mesraoua earned a BSc with Honours in Media Industries and Technologies from Northwestern University. Her short films include ‘Our Time Is Running Out’ (2017) and ‘Under Her Skin’, which premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival. Meriem is currently developing her first feature narrative, ‘The Other Wife’.


Meriem Mesraoua
Meriem Mesraoua
François d’Artemare
Marie Molino
Production Designer
Maya Mancer Sihem
Mohamed Tayeb Laggoune
Production Company
Les Films de l’Après-Midi
Hafidh Moulfih, Mikhael Kurc
Thibaut Macquart
Amina Hilal, Salima Abada, Mohammed Benameur, Hayem Delfi

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