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20TH edition NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 2, 2023

A Door to the Sky (Bâb as-sama maftûh)

Farida Benlyazid

Morocco, Tunisia, France

Director's Biography

A true pioneer of Moroccan cinema, Farida Benlyazid has to her credit many accomplishments that have made her a central figure in the nation’s cinema. She is the first Moroccan woman to produce a film, an accomplished screenwriter who has written several classics such as Poupées de roseaux (1981), Badis (1989) and Looking for My Wife’s Husband (1995) and the director of a body of work that addresses issues of spirituality, the status of women in society and the quest for justice and truth. A free and independent artist, Benlyazid has paved the way for many Moroccan women directors who have looked to the director of A Door to the Sky (1989) and Women’s Wiles (1999) as an inspiration and a model.

Thu 17/16h30/Salle des Ambassadeurs

In the presence of the film crew

After many years, Nadia returns to Morocco, where she recognises the gap between her youth there and life in the West—in a society that was supposed to solve all the problems of humanity. During her father’s funeral, she meets Kirana, with whom she becomes passionate about a project to open a zaouia: a place of welcome for those who have lost their way in life.

Director Farida Benlyazid

Producer Farida Benlyazid

Screenwriter Farida Benlyazid

Cinematographer Georges Barski

Editor Moufida Tlatli

Music Anouar Braham

Zakia Tahiri, Chaabia Aadraoui, Eva St Paul, Ahmed Bouanani

Production Company Waka Films


Morocco, Tunisia, France