Samia is a stubborn young woman far from home. Pregnant out of wedlock, she has traveled to Casablanca, where she is determined to give her child up for adoption before returning to her village. Upon her arrival, she knocks on doors in a working-class neighborhood, begging for a place to stay the night, and finally encounters Abla. The dour single mother shuts the door in Samia’s face until, furious at the uprising of her own conscience, she allows the girl to sleep on her couch for just one night. But Samia is patient, kind, and above all helpful, so her stay is inevitably extended.
Which isn’t to say they form a fast friendship. Abla is so mired in grief following her husband’s death that she’s closed off to everyone around her, including her own daughter and a would-be suitor, while Samia has rejected any emotional connection to her unborn child in anticipation of giving him up. But in this simple, straightforward, and stirring Moroccan drama from director/co-writer Maryam Touzani, sisterhood—however unlikely—may offer both women a measure of comfort and a chance to heal.
Sponsored by Barbara Bridges, Friends of UNFPA, Queen City Optical Provisions, Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Helliemae’s, KIND Snacks, Capital One Café
Producer: Nabil Ayouch | Editor: Julie Naas | Cinematographer: Virginie Surdej | Screenwriter: Maryam Touzani
Cast: Lubna Azabal, Douae Belkhaouda, Nisrin Erradi, Aziz Hattab, Hasna Tamtaoui
Additional Countries: France, Belgium