Spring Grants 2019 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION
Salha, the matriarch of a farming family in the remote north of Tunisia, is overjoyed when her son Malek returns home from Syria with a mysterious young wife in tow. She is willing to do anything to protect them and believes everything that Malek tells her of his experience in Syria. However, when men from the community start vanishing, Salha’s fragile world begins to shatter. ‘Motherhood’ is an exploration of the limits of maternal love and how guilt can haunt the human spirit.
- Meryam Joobeur
- Meryam Joobeur
- Annick Blanc, Nadime Cheikrouha, Maria Gracia Turgeon, Sarra Ben Hassen, Meryam Joobeur
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
Paris-based Tanit Films was founded in April 2014 by Franco-Tunisian producer Nadim Cheikhrouha. Tanit Films is the culmination of over twenty years of experience in the film industry. Through Tanit Films, Nadim has helped bring to life some of the most acclaimed and important films to come out of the Arab and African world in recent years including ‘Hedi’ and ‘WeldI’ (Dir: Mohamed Ben Attia), ‘Fatima’ (Dir: Philippe Faucon), ‘Burning Hope’ (Dir: Lotfi Achour) and ‘Beauty and the Dogs’ (Dir: Kaouther Ben Henia).
Instinct Bleu is a Tunisian based film company founded in 2019 by the independent Tunisian producer Sarra Ben Hassen with the Academy-award nominee Tunisian filmmaker Meryam Joobeur. The company aims to employ producer’s Sarra Ben Hassen twenty years of experience in the Tunisian film industry to guide the new generation of Tunisian filmmakers through an approach of sincerity and freedom of creation. Instinct Bleu is currently developing shorts, documentaries and features by emerging Tunisian talents including Meryam Joobeur’s first feature ‘Motherhood’, a co-production with Midi La Nuit (Canada), and Tanit Films (France).
Midi La Nuit Founded in 2010, Midi La Nuit’s love of innovative storytelling and striking visuals has led the company to produce cutting edge films. The company fostered films such as ‘Pre-Drink’ (Best Canadian Short TIFF 2017), ‘How Tommy Lemenchick Became A Grade 7 Legend’ by Bastien Alexandre (Tribeca 2018), ‘Fauve’ by Jérémy Comte (Oscar nominee, Sundance Special Jury Award 2018, Telluride 2018), ‘The Color of Your Lips’ by Annick Blanc (Canadian screen Awards 2019), ‘Brotherhood’ by Meryam Joobeur (Best Canadian Short TIFF 2018, Sundance 2018) ‘Nowhere Elsewhere’ (8 international prizes : Palm Spring, Hong Kong, Créteil, VIS 2011), and ‘Plain and Simple’ by Raphaël Ouellet (Grand prize FNC 2016).
Maria Gracia Turgeon
- Midi La Nuit
Midi La Nuit
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