In the Name of the Brother
Youssef Ait Mansour, Morocco, 2013
My younger brother Mustapha disappeared for one years. He cut any contact with us, his family. We lived then in fear and distress. One evening, after his long absence, my mother received a phone call. He had settled down in the Madrasa Nahlia, a Koranic school of religious teaching in the mountains, 90 km from Marrakesh. We went to meet him, my mother and me.
Through a monologue in the form of a letter, from me to my brother, I will tell our story, evoking his absence whilst capturing childhood memories. I will observe his current life and recount the simplicity, austerity and serenity of the Madrasa Nahila.
Le Moindre Gese Films, 2M Moroccan TV
Festivals and Awards:
Andalusian Music Festival, Essaouira, 2016
Middle East Now Film Festival in Florence, Italy, 2013
Special mention at the Religion Today Film Festival in Trento, Italy, 2013
Broadcast on 2M, the Moroccan TV station, and reached 1.5 million viewers
Grants & Support:
La résidence d'écriture de Safi
La Ruche documentaire FidaDoc