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Born in the Maelstrom

Spring Grants 2016 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Meryam Joobeur / Short Narrative / Tunisia, Canada, Qatar / 2017 / 25 min / Original Language: English / Interests: Women, Coming of age, Social Issues, Adaptation, Identity


Inspired by the novel ‘Naissance de Rebecca à l’ère des tourments’ by Québécoise author Marie-Claire Blais, ‘Born in the Maelstrom’ is an impressionistic coming-of-age story of an 18-year-old biracial girl named Rebecca and her struggle against racism, oppression and the karmic ties that haunt the human spirit. The film follows Rebecca as she endures her last days on an all-female campsite/commune with her black mother Vénus.


Meryam Joobeur
Meryam Joobeur
Hani Ouichou

About the Director

Meryam Joobeur is an Academy Award-nominated Tunisian-American writer / director / producer, based in Montréal, Canada. Her work includes both documentary and fiction. Her short films’ Gods, Weeds and Revolutions’ (2012) and ‘Born in the Maelstrom’ (2017), starring Sasha Lane, screened in dozens of national and international festivals. Her Academy nominated short ‘Brotherhood’ (2018) screened at 150+ festivals and won 75 international prizes.

Production Company Profile

Founded in Montreal in 2012, Art & Essai aims to offer creators the means to express their vision of cinema and life. We strive to develop unconventional and provocative films that will retain their relevance many years from now. To date, Art & Essai has produced a dozen short films and three feature films that have been well-received in Canada and internationally.


  • Main Contact

    Hany Ouichou

    Art & Essai
    +151 4661 0719

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