The Healer

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The Healer (La Guérisseuse)

Directed by Mohamed Zineddaine

  • Morocco, Italy, Qatar 2018; 102 min
  • Original version: Arabic
  • Genre: Drama


On the outskirts of a Moroccan mining town, 16-year-old Abdou is anxious to regain his dignity by learning to read and write. His adoptive mother Mbarka, the neighbourhood healer, guards her privileged status through her apt use of a gift for obscurantism. Thirty-year-old Ch’aayba, meanwhile, is an eccentric, uncontrollable pickpocket who is suffering from a skin condition. When Abdou convinces the ferociously cynical Chaayba to visit Mbarka in order to cure him of his disease, the fate of the three becomes intertwined as they spin around on a carousel of illusion.



    Mohamed Zineddaine