Director: Philippe Faucon

79 minutes, France/Canada, Arabic with English Subtitles, 2015

Fatima is an immigrant from Morocco living in Lyon; separated from her husband and making a living as a cleaning lady, she struggles to connect with her two daughters, both of whom are integrating into French society and culture in ways that she isn’t. For one thing, she cannot speak French well, while her daughters – rebellious teenager Souad, and medical student, Nesrine – struggle with Arabic. On leave from work after a fall, Fatima, frustrated by her inability to express herself, starts to write in Arabic what she has been unable to say to her daughters. (DOM)

Official Competition, Director’s Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival 2015

Director’s Note: “With a beautifully judged central performance by non-professional actress Soria Zeroual, Fatima is a warm and insightful look at the challenges of the immigrant experience.”

Showing as part of the IFI French Film Festival 2015 (November 18th – 29th)

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