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Spring Grant 2015 - Production Stage

Moufida Fedhila / Short Narrative / Tunisia, France, Qatar / 2016 / 20 min / Original Language: Arabic, French / Interests: Women, Coming of age, Drama, Social Issues, Youth, Immigration, Psychological, Identity


Seven-year-old Aya lives in an inner-city neighbourhood of Marseille. Intelligent and obsessed with drawing, Aya is very close to her mother Meriem, a French convert to Islam. Her father Youssef, torn between his love for his wife and his fear of being banished from the Salafi community of which he is a member, feels he has no choice but to force Meriem to wear a niqab. One day, an unexpected turn of events disrupts the life of this fragile family.


Moufida Fedhila
Moufida Fedhila
Antonio Magilano
Production Company
Appel d'Air Films
Production Company
Appel d'Air Films

About the Director

Moufida Fedhila is a Tunisian producer and filmmaker. She co-founded Yol Film House and produced several award-winning fiction and documentary that have been selected in worldwide film festivals and several production forums such as Cannes Film Festival, Durban FilmMart, Cinelink of Sarajevo Film Festival, Berlinale Talent, Atelier Produire Au Sud of 3 Continents Film Festival, and Producers Network of Carthage Film Festival. Her latest film ‘Aya’ is a coproduction between Tunisia, France and Qatar had international success and a brilliant career. It won several awards in worldwide film festivals and was selected in more than 150 film festivals such as NewFilmmakers Los Angeles in partnership with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscars). At the 34th Vues d’Afrique International Film Festival in Montreal, she received a tribute for her work. She lives and works between Tunis and Paris.


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    Antonio Magliano

    Appel d'Air Films

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