After years of separation, filmmaker Karima Saïdi renews her relationship with her mother, Aïcha, now suffering from Alzheimer's. From Brussels to Tangiers, the odyssey of a family marked by exile is evoked through discretion and confession, pain, separation, grief, and joy.
Dir. Karima Saïdi - 90min - 2020 - Belgium, Morocco, France, Qatar
"When I made this film, I experienced something very striking. I would never have allowed myself to make such an intimate film in the place where I come from. That would have been impossible for me." - Read an interview with director Karima Saïdi on the True Story blog: https://truestoryfilm.blog/
"loving and poetic moments....capture life’s finite and fragile nature" - IDFA
"While caring for her mother Aïcha who has Alzheimer’s, film-maker Karima Saïdi often asks her the simple yet loaded question: “Where do you live?” At one point, her mother replies: “In a handkerchief”; a strangely poetic answer that encapsulates the mental haze of her condition. At other times she speaks of her childhood in Tangier, or the family home in Brussels where she saw her children grow up. As Aïcha’s mind wanders, Saïdi’s documentary transforms into a haven for her memories, which are fading fast" - Guardian