WHY O'SEA

Muhr Awards Features
Morocco / 2006 / Arabic dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / Video HD / 87 minutes

Winner of Muhr Arab / Feature /Bronze: Hakim Belabbes (Director)

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Moroccan director Hakim Belabbes takes us on a sea journey, a mix of fairytale and real events. Said (Redoune Zahir) is a young fisherman. He and two close friends venture onto the sea for fish every day, leaving their relatives on the land very worried. When a woman starts to appear to said "everywhere", as he tells his mother, he becomes a captive of her mystery, not knowing that she could be a ghost of the seas aiming to take him away. Though the idea is a fantasy, the film indicates at the end that it's based on the story of three young men who were drowned at sea in not so different circumstances. The tone is similar to the settled, beautifully shot colours (blue, grey and brown), and the mood is sad, but this makes the film memorably realistic and deeply felt. Suitable for all.

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