Ajyal Film Festival 2022

All Films

Under Her Skin (À fleur de peau)

Ajyal Competition, Made in Qatar

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

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Synopsis

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 Directors

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’.

Credits

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

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