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20TH edition NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 2, 2023

The Mother of All Lies (Kadib Abyad)

Asmae El Moudir

Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar

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Director's Biography

Asmae El Moudir was born in Salé, Morocco, in 1990. A film director, screenwriter, and producer, she studied at La Fémis in Paris, holds a master's degree in production from the Superior Institute of Information and Communication in Rabat and a bachelor's degree in documentary cinema from the Abdelmalek Essaâdi University in Tetouan, and is a graduate of the Moroccan Film Academy in film studies (ISCA). She has directed documentaries for SNRT, Al Jazeera Documentary, BBC, and Al Araby TV. After making a number of short films, she directed The Postcard (2020), which was selected for the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam and the Marrakech International Film Festival, and then The Mother of All Lies (2023), which won the Directing Prize in Un Certain Regard section of the Festival de Cannes.

Screenings :
Tue 28 / 15h00 / Salle des Ministres
Wed 29 / 16h00 / Cinéma le Colisée
Tue 28 / 15h00 / Salle des Ministres
Wed 29 / 16h00 / Cinéma le Colisée

In the presence of the film crew

A young Moroccan woman’s search for truth is entangled in the web of lies of her family history. As a daughter and filmmaker, Asmae El Moudir fuses personal and national history as she reflects on the 1981 Bread Riots and draws connections to contemporary Morocco.

Director Asmae El Moudir

Producer Asmae El Moudir

Screenwriter Asmae El Moudir

Cinematographer Hatem Nechi

Editor Asmae El Moudir

Sound Abdelaziz Glassine, Michael Fawzy

Music Nass El Ghiwane

Colour Colour

Supported by

Zahra Jeddaoui, Mohamed El Moudir, Ouardia Zorkani, Abdallah Ez Zouid, Said Masrour, Asmae El Moudir

Production Company Insightfilms, Fig Leaf Studio

International Sales Company Autlook Filmsales

Distributor SCNA (Société Cinématographique Nord Africaine), Cinémathèque de Tanger


Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar