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Tangier Stories

Fall Grant 2015 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

Fyzal Boulifa / Feature Narrative / France, Morocco, Qatar / 100 min / Original Language: Arabic, French / Interests: Women, Coming of age, Drama, Social Issues, Youth


In contemporary Morocco, Hayat brings Soussen, her 12-year-old daughter, from their poor village to town, where they find work for Soussen as a “little maid” for a middle-class family. Before dispatching her daughter to her ruthless new employers’ home, Hayat takes Soussen to see Aïcha, a witch, and asks her to conduct a rite that will “lock” the girl’s virtue. When Soussen finally has a day off, she goes to visit her mother – but Hayat has disappeared. Soussen finds herself alone in an unfamiliar world. Eventually, she returns to Aïcha, her only contact in the town – and discovers an underground world of desperate female power. Soussen determines that through magic she can win the love of her employers’ eldest son and so rise up from her lowly position.


Fyzal Boulifa
Fyzal Boulifa
Louise Bellicaud, Lamia Chraibi

About the Director

Fyzal Boulifa is an award-winning writer director based in Tangier and London. He has directed several short films, including 'Whore' (2008); 'The Curse' (2012), which won the Premier Prix Illy at the Directors' Fortnight at the Festival de Cannes, was nominated for a BAFTA and was selected for the Sundance Film Festival; and 'Rate Me' (2015), which also won the Premier Prix Illy. 'Tangier Stories' marks Boulifa's feature-length film debut.

Production Company Profile

Based in La Rochelle, France, In Vivo Films was set up in 2015 by producer Louise Bellicaud. In Vivo Films aims to support directors and writers from various backgrounds and countries, for short and feature-length films. The company develops projects with a strong cultural identity based on local topics with the potential to reach an international audience.


  • Director

    Fyzal Boulifa


  • Main Contact

    Louise Bellicaud

    In Vivo Films
    +33 663 033 734

  • Production Company

    In Vivo Films

    In Vivo Films

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