Following her husband’s arrest, Amina has to move away from Meknès with her 7-year-old son, Mehdi. She goes to live with her father-in-law who has gone to France to work. At school, Medhi has the privilege of being in charge of the teacher’s chair. His relationship with the village, his friends, and the outside world, is constructed around this object. Amina and Ahmed’s major preoccupation is in protecting Mehdi – but at what price? The tenuous balance maintained in their lives could crumble any day. —Africulture
Director, writer and actor Faouzi Bensaïdi was born in Meknès, Morocco, in 1968.
After completing a diploma at the Dramatic Arts Institute of Rabat, he started working in theater. In 1995, he moved to Paris to study at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts. He directed his first short film, La Falaise, in 1998; it earned several awards and toured a number of festivals. The following year, he collaborated with veteran French filmmaker André Téchiné on the script of Loin. In 2000, he directed two shorts, Le Mur and Trajets; the first received an award at Cannes; the second, at Venice. In 2003, his first feature film, A Thousand Months (Alf Shahr), was screened at Cannes in “Un Certain Regard,” winning the Prix de la Jeunesse and the Prix Premier Regard. —Africultures