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Asmae El Moudir
MA EG SA QA 2023    96'
⚬ History ⚬ Human Interest 


On a handmade set recreating her Casablanca neighborhood, young Moroccan filmmaker Asmae El Moudir enlists family and friends to help solve the troubling mysteries of her childhood. There, she starts to unravel the layers of deception and intentional forgetting that have shaped her life.


"riveting, inventive" - IndieWire

"fresh, distinctive" - Screen Daily

"astonishing, heartrending" - Variety



Asmae El Moudir


Asmae El Moudir


Mark Lotfy

Production Companies

Insightfilms, Fig Leaf Studio


Hatem Nechi


Asmae El Moudir


Nass El Ghiwane


Abdelaziz Glassine, Michael Fawzy

Set Design

Mohamed El Moudir

"riveting, inventive" - IndieWire


"a brave act of rebellion" - POV Magazine


"astonishing, heartrending" - Variety


"fresh, distinctive" - Screen Daily


“Beautifully made, atmospheric… Courageous but at the same time very risky" - Business Doc Europe


"Stunning... Rich... Innovative storytelling" - Awards Watch


"An innovative cinematic work filled with enchanting imagination" - Al Jazeera Online


"Daring... Innovative and startling. An impressive start to a promising filmmaking career." - Filmuforia


"An inspired Moroccan documentary… Inventive and moving" - The Hollywood Reporter


"Brilliantly and heartbreakingly explores tragic events from before director Asmae El Moudir's birth." - Universal Cinema


"Unusual and affecting" - In Their Own League


"powerful" - Next Best Picture


"unique" - The Curb


"Challenges traditions, passed down stories, and hidden secrets while tackling a relevant political issue that shaped generations." - My Dylarama


"A fascinating hybrid of documentary and feature filmmaking... An intriguing, original amalgamation of the historical and the deeply personal, and a tonally finely-tuned piece of investigative, journalistic filmmaking." - The Upcoming


"consistently interesting and often hauntingly beautiful" - The Film Verdict



Directing Prize Un Certain Regard

Cannes 2023

The Golden Eye Documentary Prize

Cannes 2023

Sydney Film Festival Prize

Sydney Film Festival 2023

Best Documentary

Durban Film Festival 2023

Jury Award

Valenciennes Film Festival 2023

Golden Athena Award

Athens International Film Festival 2023

Audience Award

DOK Leipzig 2023

Documentary Extraordinaire

Bergen International Film Festival 2023

Audience Award

SEMINCI Valladolid IFF 2023

Student Award

Cinemed 2023

Cinematography Award

DOC NYC 2023

University Jury Award

Medfilm Festival 2023

Artistic Expression Award

Medfilm Festival 2023

Valentina Pedicini Award

Medfilm Festival 2023

Golden Key Award

Kassel Dokfest 2023

Étoile d’Or

Marrakech International Film Festival 2023


Film Details

Runtime 96'
Spoken Language Arabic
Production Countries Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar


Asmae El Moudir (born in 1990) is a Paris and Rabat-based director, screenwriter and producer. She studied at La Fémis in Paris and holds a master's degree in production from the Superior Institute of Information and Communication in Rabat. Asmae has directed short documentaries for SNRT, Al Jazeera Documentary, BBC and Al Araby TV, and her films have won awards at festivals worldwide. She completed her first feature documentary, THE POSTCARD, in 2020. THE MOTHER OF ALL LIES is her second feature film.


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