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The Mother of All Lies

The Mother of All Lies

Kadib abyad
Asmae El Moudir
Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar
2023
96 min
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Synopsis

Filmmaker Asmae El Moudir takes an unorthodox approach for her reconstruction of a painful period in the history of her homeland Morocco, and of her own family. Her father has built a miniature replica of the house and neighborhood where she grew up. El Moudir situates family members and neighbors in this set, where they recount what happened during and after the Casablanca bread riots of 1981, which the government brutally crushed.

We discover that El Moudir’s fragile-looking but still-savvy grandma played an important and none too savory role during this oppressive period when liquidations, arrests, and torture were commonplace. The filmmaker’s questions, combined with the intimate but artificial setting of the scale model neighborhood, impel the interviewees to relive these events. This leads to painful recollections, new insights, and sometimes catharsis.

A forgotten history comes to life in the minutely detailed re-creation of the old houses and streets, complete with furniture, lighting and local characters.

 

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Credits
96 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Arabic
Director
    Asmae El Moudir
    Asmae El Moudir
Screenplay
    Asmae El Moudir
    Asmae El Moudir
Production
    Asmae El Moudir for InsightFILMS
    Asmae El Moudir for InsightFILMS
Co-production
    Mark Lotfy for Figleaf Studio
    Mark Lotfy for Figleaf Studio
Cinematography
    Asmae El Moudir,
    Hatem Nechi
    Asmae El Moudir,
    Hatem Nechi
Editing
    Asmae El Moudir
    Asmae El Moudir
Sound
    Abdelaziz Glassine,
    Michael Fawzy
    Abdelaziz Glassine,
    Michael Fawzy
Music
    Nass El Ghiwane
    Nass El Ghiwane
World Sales
    Autlook Filmsales
    Autlook Filmsales
Distribution for the Netherlands
    Vedette,
    Babette Wijntjes for Vedette
    Vedette,
    Babette Wijntjes for Vedette
Screening copy
    Autlook Filmsales
    Autlook Filmsales

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