ARABIAN SIGHTS JURY AWARD

Sofia

MERYEM BENM'BAREK
France, Qatar, 2018
80 minutes, Color
Official website

Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival this year, Sofia is the feature debut from Morocco-born, Belgium-educated Meryem Benm'Barek. A pregnant 20-year-old single Moroccan girl faces the tough local laws on sex outside of marriage when she suddenly gives birth. The young girl refuses to accept her pregnancy and is panicked by the unexpected birth of her baby. She is forced to move quickly and make contact with the child's father or else risk arrest. But as the story progresses, the film reveals itself to be far more than it first seems. Benm'barek's lean, nuanced script clearly picks apart class hypocrisy where the haute bourgeoisie are hellbent on preserving status and their aura of European sophistication no matter the individual consequences. —Various sources

In French, Arabic with English subtitles

Co-presented with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco

ARABIAN SIGHTS JURY AWARD

Sofia

MERYEM BENM'BAREK
France, Qatar, 2018,
80 minutes, Color
Official website


Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize for Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival this year, Sofia is the feature debut from Morocco-born, Belgium-educated Meryem Benm'Barek. A pregnant 20-year-old single Moroccan girl faces the tough local laws on sex outside of marriage when she suddenly gives birth. The young girl refuses to accept her pregnancy and is panicked by the unexpected birth of her baby. She is forced to move quickly and make contact with the child's father or else risk arrest. But as the story progresses, the film reveals itself to be far more than it first seems. Benm'barek's lean, nuanced script clearly picks apart class hypocrisy where the haute bourgeoisie are hellbent on preserving status and their aura of European sophistication no matter the individual consequences. —Various sources

In French, Arabic with English subtitles

Co-presented with the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco


Friday, October 19
6:30 PM
$14.00
Saturday, October 20
6:30 PM
$14.00

Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco

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