Century Larkspur 3 Thu, Oct 11, 2018 8:45 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:80 min.
Director:Meryem Benm’Barek
Producer:Olivier Delbosc
Screenwriter:Meryem Benm’Barek
Cinematographer:Son Doan
Editor:Céline Perreard
Cast:Maha Alemi
Lubna Azabal
Sarah Perles
Faouzi Bensaïdi
Hamza Khafif
Nadia Niazi
Print Source:Be For Films
Note Writer:Elliott Breeden


Sofia is a confident, assured, and naturalistic debut from Moroccan-born, Belgian-educated writer-director Meryem Benm'Barek. At her parents' comfortable, middle class home in Casablanca, 20-year-old Sofia leaves the table, doubled over in pain. When her cousin Lena, a medical student, comes to check on her, she asks Sofia the loaded question: “When was your last period?” Suffering from pregnancy denial, Sofia has been completely oblivious to her own state. Thinking quickly, Lena discreetly takes Sofia to a hospital and uses her connections to get her checked in to give birth. Under Moroccan law, having a baby out of wedlock is punishable by up to a year in jail, and the hospital gives Sofia twenty-four hours to name the father. Sofia finds herself forced to weigh the grave consequences of telling the truth, not only to authorities but to her family. Benm’Barek took home the Best Screenplay award in the Un Certain Regard section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Expected Guest: Director Meryem Benm'Barek  (All Screenings)

Additional Information

Meryem Benm’Barek was born in 1984 in Rabat. While studying directing at INSAS in Brussels, she directed five short films, notably Nor (2013) and Jennah (2014), the latter of which screened at numerous international film festivals and was considered for submission for an Academy Award® in 2015. She also creates sound design art and has had exhibitions at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Sofia, her first feature film, is a recipient of the Gan Foundation Prize and a grant from the Doha Film Institute.