House in the Fields

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    House in the Fields

    Tigmi n Igren

    Directed by

    Morocco

    2017

    86 min

    • Amazigh

    Documentary

    A remote village in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco. The winters here are so cold that people barely leave their houses, and the children stop going to school. Beauty returns with the spring, says 16-year-old Khadija, from whose perspective the film is narrated. Her elder sister Fatima is to be married at the end of the summer, and an air of melancholy hangs over this last time they’ll spend together, in the bed they share, while doing housework, out in the fields and in nature. Khadija likes going to school and dreams of becoming a lawyer – provided the male elders let her! Fatima is supposed to move to Casablanca with her husband. She’s afraid of getting married, of the unknown, and she also wants to work, whatever happens.

    Awards

    • Firebird Award for Best Documentary - Hong Kong IFF
    • Special Mention - CINEMED

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Tala Hadid
    Cinematography
    Tala Hadid
    Editing
    Tala Hadid
    Music
    Richard Horowitz
    Sales
    ALPHA VIOLET
    Production
    KAIROI FILMS

    Press

    Beautifully intimate and charged with the sense of inevitable change to come.

    Rene J. Meyer-Grimberg, Berlin Film Journal

    Tala Hadid

    Tala Hadid

    Morocco

    All of us are painters, I think, whether we are filmmakers, citizens, laborers, teachers—it is all about ways of looking at the world.

    Tala Hadid was born in 1974 in London to a Moroccan mother and an Iraqi father. She coproduced and directed her first full-length film while studying as an undergraduate at Brown University. In 2001, she directed WINSLEEPERS, a film set in St. Petersburg. In 2005 Hadid completed her thesis film, YOUR DARK HAIR IHSAN. The film, shot in Northern Morocco and in the Rif Mountains, was awarded the 2005 Cinecolor/Kodak Prize and in June 2005 received a Student Academy Award. In February 2006 the film won the Panorama Best short Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival. Hadid was a fellow at the Sundance Institute Directors Lab. Her film HOUSE IN THE FIELDS screened in the Berlinale Forum section.

    Selected Filmography