House in the Fields is a film that examines the life of an isolated rural Amazigh community in the south- west region of the High Atlas Mountains.
The thousand-year history of the Amazigh in Morocco has been, for the most part, recounted, preserved and transmitted by bards and storytellers in oral form among Tamazight speaking pastoral communities. House in the Fields continues this tradition of transmission, in an audiovisual form, in an attempt to faithfully document and present a portrait of a village and community that has remained unchanged for hundreds of years despite being confronted with the rapidly changing sociopolitical realities of the country at large.
The film follows the lives’ of certain villagers, most specifically two teenage sisters, one who must give up school to prepare for her wedding, and the other who dreams of being a lawyer.
House in the Fields is the first part of a triptych set in Morocco, that starts in the Atlas Mountains, journeys through Casablanca and finishes beyond the borders.
Morocco/Qatar – feature length creative documentary – 2017 – HD – 86 ‘- 1:1.85 – 5.1 – Amazigh
Tigmi N Igren
Tala Hadid, Larbi Idmansour
Umaru Embalo, Tommaso Cammarano
Joslyn Barnes, Sawsan Asfari, Maya Sanbar
Lisa Kleiner Chanoff
Thomas Robert (Sound Editor) Jean-Guy Véran (Sound Mixer)
2014 Itar el Layl / The Narrow Frame of Midnight (Morocco/France/UK/Qatar) – Best film and critics prize Tangier Film Festival, Best film and audience award Minneapolis Mizna Festival, Telia prize nomination Stockholm Film festival
2006 Tes Cheveux Noirs Ihsan / Your Dark Hair Ihsan (Morocco) – Kodak Prize, Academy Award (Oscar)
Panorama best film award, Berlin
2001 Windsleepers (Russia)
1996 Sacred Poet: a portrait of Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italy/France)
Festivals & Awards
- 67th Berlinale Official Selection – Forum – Nominated for the Glasshütte award – Best Documentary Competition
- Milano, Italy – Cinema Africano, Asia e Latin American – Best Feature Film Award
- Hong Kong – Competition – Best Documentary Award
- HotDocs, Canada
- Festival de Cine Africano in Tarifa and in Madrid, Spain
- FIDADOC Agadir, Morocco
- Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Poland
Der Spiegel “artistically outstanding”
Slate ” …une vibration…quelque chose d’infiniment vivant..et rendu si accessible à tous…”
Berliner-filmfestivals ” visually moving film that comes very close to life“