Produced By: YourScreen

SOPHIA (2018) [Online FILM]

Genre:
Film
Opens:
10 May 2021
Until:
23 May 2021
Times:
10 May, All Day
to,
23 May, All Day

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Produced by Christine De Jekel
Director & Screenwriter – Meryem Benm Barek-Aloïsi
Cast: Maha Alemi, Lubna Azabal, Sarah Perles
Year: 2018
Runtime: 1hr20 mins

Cert: 15

About the film

The breaking of her waters at a family gathering mean that 20-yr-old Sofia, daughter of a well-to-do Casablanca family, can no longer deny, to herself or anyone else, that she is pregnant. This will usher in serious consequences in a country – Morocco – where sex out of wedlock is an imprisonable offence. Whisked away from the party by her cousin, she gives birth in a hospital which admits her on condition that she produce her husband within 24 hours or face the consequences.

Reviews

“It’s rare to leave the cinema wishing a 90-minute film was longer, but Meryem Benm’Barek’s Sofia shows enough promise to demand a more substantial story… Benm’Barek is brilliant at capturing the unspoken body language that communicates so much…” – Tom Bond, One Room With a View.

“…seems like yet another critique of Islam’s intrusion into how women live their lives and what they choose to do with their bodies. As the story progresses, we find it’s a far more complex study of both Morocco’s conservative tradition and its new embracing of western style capitalism.” – Eric Hillis, The Movie Waffler.

“My story began quite naturally. I asked myself how a drama such as this could highlight every aspect of how a society operates.” – director Meryem Benm’Barek-Aloïsi.