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Passion (Bab el makam)

Directed by Mohamed Malas

  • Tunisia, France, Syria 2005; 98 min
  • Original version: Arabic
  • Genre: Drama
    • Special Jury Award - Marrakech IFF


Imane is an ordinary — if, in Salwa Jamil’s perf, somewhat mannered — housewife, happily married, raising two kids of her own as well as the daughter of a brother imprisoned for pro-democracy activism. Heroine’s taxi driver husband is a political progressive too, attracted to the anti-Bush demonstrations (seen in the real-life footage) that often block city streets.
But a different strain of moral fervor is beginning to weigh heavily on Imane.