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Aya

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

Synopsis

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.

Credits

Director
Moufida Fedhila
Screenwriter
Moufida Fedhila
Producer
Antonio Magilano
Production Company
Appel d'Air Films
Production Company
Appel d'Air Films

About the Director

Moufida Fedhila is a Tunisian producer, director, and screenwriter. She produced and directed several award-winning fiction and documentary films that were selected for prestigious international film festivals. Her latest production, 'Streams', directed by Mehdi Hmili, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and won numerous awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Acting Performance, Best Music and The Jury Award. Her film 'Aya' has also garnered critical acclaim, with over 200 festival selections and winning awards, including the Golden Tanit. The film has been acquired by Netflix. Moufida also serves as a jury member in several film festivals, including the 44th Cairo International Film Festival and Trophées Francophones du Cinéma. She has also chaired the short films competition at Gabes Film Festival and served as a jury member for Culture Solidaire (Kamel Lazaar Foundation). Her work has been the subject of academic studies and publications, including the 'Narratives of Social Protest: Personal and Political' at Columbia University (New York), and she is a Global Media Makers Alumna. Moufida Fedhila is a prominent figure in the Tunisian artistic and cultural landscape.

Contacts

  • Director

    Moufida Fedhila

    Company: 
    Movida Movies
    Phone: 
    +33953090077
    Email: 
    moufida.fedhila@gmail.com
  • Main Contact

    Antonio Magliano

    Company: 
    Appel d'Air Films
    Phone: 
    +330630880978
    Email: 
    appeldairfilms@gmail.com

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