directed by Maryam Touzani
starring Lubna Azabal, Nisrin Erradi, Douae Belkhaouda
Tax Shelter Films
Warda (Douae Belkhaouda) is pregnant and living on the mean streets of Casablanca. In desperation she knocks on the door of widowed Alba (Lubna Azabal) who gives her the cold shoulder. Alba is uninterested in housing an unmarried and pregnant stranger but Alba’s cute as a bug daughter Samia (Nisrin Erradi) falls for Warda. Mom relents. And Warda soon finds acceptance, if for only her skills at making pastry. Warda helps Alba accept the advances of a suitor which can only improve her sad life. When it’s time for the baby, Warda plans to offer it up for adoption, but might change her mind. Watch this for a view of what’s behind the ancient doors in Casablanca, and tremble at the somehow creepy animatronic infant child. It’s a dark, mysterious movie, made more so by the subtitled Arabic and ancient alley ways of this ancient city.
This film was presented as part of the 2020 Florida Film Festival sponsored by the Enzian Theater in Maitland, FL.