A Summer in Boujad
Best Feature Film Screenplay Award RAFF 2023
Omar Mouldouira | Morocco, Belgium, France | 2022 | 80 mins
Arabic spoken with English subtitles

Beautiful film by Moroccan filmmaker Omar Mouldouira, taking us on a nostalgic journey. The film highlights the complexity of family ties and the search for a new home. Seven years after his mother’s death, 13-year-old Karim leaves Paris for Morocco with his father, who has remarried and decided to return to his homeland. After a year at a French boarding school in Casablanca, Karim joins the new family – including his new half-brother, stepmother, and his father’s mother – for the summer in Boujad, a small town in central Morocco. Already muddled by the anxieties of adolescence, Karim struggles to understand their world and establish his place in a family of strangers. Meanwhile, his father – having discovered how little he really knows about Morocco after decades in France – is finding it difficult to adjust and even more challenging to relate to a boy beginning to show signs of rebellion. Their tumultuous relationship is at the heart of director Omar Mouldouira’s personal story, tenderly told, which encourages us to reflect on our own family bonds.

NL:
Prachtige film van de Marokkaanse filmmaker Omar Mouldouira, die ons meeneemt op een nostalgische reis. De film belicht de complexiteit van familiebanden en de zoektocht naar een nieuw thuis. Zeven jaar na de dood van zijn moeder vertrekt de 13-jarige Karim vanuit Parijs naar Marokko met zijn vader, die hertrouwd is en besloten heeft terug te keren naar zijn vaderland. Na een jaar op een Franse kostschool in Casablanca voegt Karim zich bij het nieuwe gezin – inclusief zijn nieuwe halfbroer, stiefmoeder en schoonmoeder van zijn vader – voor de zomer in Boujad, een klein stadje in centraal Marokko.

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