Damascus, Spring 2011. It's the early stages of the revolution. 25-year-old Nahla is torn between her desire for freedom and the hope of leaving the country thanks to her arranged marriage with Samir, a Syrian expatriate in the USA. When he chooses her younger, more docile sister Myriam, Nahla finds refuge at her neighbor's, the mysterious Ms Jiji.
- Manal Issa
- Ula Tabari
- Souraya Baghdadi
- Zoé Galeron
- Gaya Jiji
- Eiji Yamazaki
- Antoine Héberlé
- Peer Kleinschmidt
- GLORIA FILMS PRODUCTION
- UDI - URBAN DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL
There’s a strong feminine energy in most frames yet the film is anything but girly or complacent.
The most interesting thing for me was how the transition from screenplay to actual shoot can turn a film upside down.
Gaya Jiji is a Syrian filmmaker living and working in Paris. She was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1979. She attended the University of Paris 8th receiving a Master’s Degree in Audiovisual and Film Studies. She was awarded with first class honours. Gaya Jiji directed three short-films: THE HAUNTED HOUSE (2003), THE FATHER... TOO (2009) produced by the Damascus Arab Capital of Culture and received a Special Mention of the Jury in FIFAK Festival in Tunisia 2009, and MORNING, NOON, EVENING... AND MORNING (2011) selected in many festivals worldwide including the Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia in Tokyo, Doha Tribeca Film Festival, and the Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam. When in development her film, MY FAVORITE FABRIC was awarded with the ‘Aide aux cinemas du monde’ fund by the CNC in July 2015, and received a development grant from Amiens Film Festival in 2013. It was also part of La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde in Festival de Cannes 2014, and the last edition of Dubai Film Connexion in December 2015. The completed film screened in Un Certain Regard, Festival de Cannes 2018.