Born in the Maelstrom
Spring Grants 2016 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
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 a Montréal based Tunisian writer and director. Her short films’ Gods, Weeds and Revolutions’ (2013) and ‘Born in the Maelstrom’ (2017) starring Sasha Lane screened in dozens of national and international festivals. Her recent short ‘Brotherhood’ (2018) recently premiered at TIFF where it won Best Canadian short. She is currently developing two feature films including ‘Motherhood’ the feature version of ‘Brotherhood’. She is an alumni of TIFF talent lab, Med Film Factory, Rawi Screenwriters Lab and Berlinale Talent Lab and recently opened the production company Instinct Bleu with Tunisian producer Sarra Ben Hassen.
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.