Sur la Planche

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Sur la Planche

Directed by Leila Kilani

  • Morocco 2011; 106 min
  • Original version: Arabic
  • Genre: Drama
    • FIPRESCI Prize, Films From the South Festival (Oslo)
    • Golden Tauro for Best Film, Taormina Film Fest
    • Best Director & Best Actress, Taormina Film Fest
    • Special Mention, Paris Cinema FF

  • Cannes IFF - Directors' Fortnight


In Tangier, Badia and Imane, two young Moroccan girls of around twenty, walk in line amongst an army of workers who fill up the city with their coming and going back and forth. They both work in a shrimp-packaging factory, a difficult and humiliating job, where the strong odor of shrimp seeps into the pores of their skin. Badia's hands are busy but her head is idle; she perfumes herself with lies to wash away the shrimp smell and pretends to be someone else. Badia can flap her wings as much as she likes. She'll never fly.