SOPHIA (2018) [Online FILM]
- 10 May 2021
- 23 May 2021
- 10 May, All Day
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
Runtime: 1hr20 mins
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.
“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.