From a Distant Land

In A Woman Alone, Brahim Fritah uses still images to sketch a portrait of Akosse Legba, a thirty-two-year-old Togolese woman who was a victim of slavery in France. Boujad: A Nest in the Heat is a personal and and vulnerable look at issues of separation, independence, and return. Director Hakim Belabbes chronicles the journey from his home in Chicago to his hometown of Boujad in Morocco. Through self-aware moments with his family, Belabbes intimately explores the domestic space and religious rituals of family relationships, inflected by his exile and break with traditional values.

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