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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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Al-battalat: nisaa min al-madina/Femmes de la médina / Women of the Medina
Amongst Friend And Neighbours

The action takes place at the heart of Casablanca's historic Medina. Documentary in style, the movie portrays a group of women who have lived in the area since childhood. Together, they draw a complex image of the Moroccan woman, a modern, urban woman, greatly removed from the clichés describing her as submissive. Amid tears and laughter, the director shares their day-to-day lives during various months, in their homes, at the hammam (public baths), in the streets of the old town... Through the eyes of these ?battalat? (heroines) who reinvent their world each day, we experience a series of important events in contemporary Morocco, such as the death of Hassan II in July 1999 or the women's rights demonstration in March 2000, while observing the realities of immigration and difficulties of survival.
Casablanca, 1966. Living in France since a very early age, Ennadre entered the audiovisual industry with production jobs on institutional documentaries and TV series. Her first work as a director, the documentary Par la grâce d'Allah, dates back to 1987, although her work continued to focus on production and editing until in 1999 she implemented her most ambitious project to date, Al-battalat: nisaa min al-madina/Femmes de la médina.
Dalila Ennadre
Dalila Ennadre
Dalila Ennadre
Barbara Pueyo
Saadi Daji, Zainebi Naji, Najate Arafa
Running Time
60 m.
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