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Le Grand Voyage

DFI Cinema

Ismaël Ferroukhi / Feature Narrative / France, Morocco / 2004 / 108 min / Colour / 35mm
In Arabic, French / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama
No Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.

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A few weeks before his college entrance exams, Reda, a young man who lives in the south of France, finds himself forced to drive his father to Mecca. From the start, the journey looks to be difficult as Reda and his father have nothing in common. How can they create a relationship when communication is impossible? As the reluctant pair wind their way from the South of France, through to Saudi Arabia, their relationship is tested and the journey will change them forever. Presented by Doha Film Institute as part of ‘Hajj – The Journey Through Art’, an exhibition curated by the Museum of Islamic Art in collaboration with the British Museum.

About the Director

Ismael Ferroukhi is a French-Moroccan film director and screenwriter. Born in Kenitra in 1962, Ferroukhi migrated to France in his youth and grew up in a small city in the south. He gained exposure in 1992 with his short film ‘L’Exposé’, which won two prizes (Kodak and prize for the best short film) at Cannes Film Festival. His directorial debut, ‘Le Grand Voyage’, won the Lion of the Future for a First Film at Venice Film Festival in 2004. His last film ‘Free Men’ was screened at Cannes Film Festival in 2011.


Ismaël Ferroukhi
Ismaël Ferroukhi
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Katell Djian
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