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Ceuta's Gate

Fall Grants 2017
Current project status: COMPLETED

Randa Maroufi / Short Experimental or Essay / Morocco, France, Lebanon, Qatar / 2018 / 20 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Women, Politics, Social Issues, Creative Documentary

Synopsis

Ceuta is a Spanish enclave on Moroccan soil. It has, since the independence of the country, witnessed trafficking in manufactured goods. These goods are transported on foot from one side of the frontier to the other, exempted from taxation, and sold in the cities of Northern Morocco. Through a continuous camera movement, we discover this “atypical trade” – a smuggling activity in the area in which the protagonists are busy with their tasks, thus revealing this incessant carousel that animates the city of Ceuta. The film invites us to feel for a moment the strange reality of the city. 

Credits

Director
Randa Maroufi
Screenwriter
Randa Maroufi
Producer
Sophie Penson

About the Director

Randa Maroufi was born in 1987 in Casablanca, Morocco. She is a Fine Arts graduate from Tetouan (Morocco), Angers (France) and Le Fresnoy (France). Her multi-disciplinary practice is rooted in political issues with a primary concern in gender studies. Her work primarily takes the form of film, photography, performance and sound. It has been presented at major contemporary art events such as the Marrakech Biennale, the Videonale Bonn and film festivals such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, New Directors / New Films at the MOMA in New York, etc. Her graduation film 'Le Park' (2015) has received more than 20 awards.

Production Company Profile

Barney Production is an independent company created in 2010 by Saïd Hamich Benlarbi, a former student of the production department of La Fémis (Paris) and winner of the Film Producer prize from the Lagardère Foundation in 2012.

Awards and Festival History


Festivals

"Fid Marseille 2019 (WP)
CINEMED 2019
Festival DOK Leipzig 2019
Rencontres Films Femmes Méditerranée 2019 (France)
IFFR 2020, Bright Future
Clermont-Ferrand Short FF 2020
Panorama des Cinémas du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient 2020
Kurzfilmwoche Regensburg 20

Awards

"Grand Prize, Int'l Kurzfilmtage Winterhur FF 2019
Grand Prix, Tampere IFF 2020"

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Randa Maroufi

    Phone: 
    +33 69 94 84 526
    Email: 
    contact@barneyproduction.com

  • Production Company

    Barney Production

    Phone: 
    +33 97 25 27 496
    Email: 
    contact@barneyproduction.com

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