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It’s Far Away Where I Must Go

Fall Grants 2018 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION

Karima Saidi / Feature Experimental or Essay / Morocco, Belgium, Qatar / 2019 / 65 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Immigration, Identity, Creative Documentary, Exile

Synopsis

At the age of 70, my mother Aicha lost the notion of time and space. Forced to live in a nursing home for people with Alzheimer’s, Aicha wants to leave. It does not matter where, she does not know herself – as long as she is freed of this oppressive disease. Faced with this obsessing notion of departure, I decided to record her life and to look into her memories. From Tangier to Brussels, guided by our two voices, the viewer finds himself immersed in an intimate story. He discovers, in fragments and in the form of evocation, the journey of a tragic heroine, pioneer of the first generation of Moroccan immigrant women in Belgium, who has tried all her life to escape her destiny as a submissive wife.

Credits

Director
Karima Saidi
Screenwriter
Karima Saidi
Producer
Karim Aitouna

About the Director

Karima Saïdi is a Belgo-Moroccan documentary film editor whose work includes 'Une femme taxi à Sidi Bel Abes' (2000) by Belkacem Hadjaj; 'Les damnés de la mer' (2008) by Jawad Rhaleb; and as a fictional script supervisor 'Le cochon de Gaza' (2011) by Sylvain Estibal; 'A perdre la raison' (2012) by Joachim Lafosse. Karima has also served as a documentary sound director. She teaches at Marrakech’s Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels and has worked with Moroccan, Algerian and Palestinian filmmakers. Her ambition is to experiment and use her double culture to forge links between the two shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Production Company Profile

Hautlesmains is a production company based in Lyon, France and founded by independent producers Karim Aitouna and Thomas Micoulet. The company aims to produce director-driven films with captivating stories that focus on social and multicultural matters. Previous credits include; 'I am the People' (2015) directed by Anna Roussillon, which was selected at ACID Cannes, awarded at Jihlava IDFF and Belfort Entrevues; 'The Night and the Kid' (2015) directed by David Yon, presented in World Premiere at the 65th Berlinale; 'Poisonous Roses' (2016) by Ahmed Fawzi Saleh, which premiered at IFF Rotterdam, 'Controfigura' (2017) by Rä di Martino selected at Biennale di Veneza, and 'Sans bruit, les figurants du désert' (2017) by MML Collective. Haut Les Mains is a member of the following networks; EAVE, Eurodoc, Atelier Network.

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