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“In Wonderland” by Jihan El Bahhar awarded in Italy and Portugal

Written by FDM

Moroccan filmmaker Jihan El Bahhar’s film “In Wonderland” has received two distinctive recognitions in Portugal and Italy.

Jihan El Bahhar won the Screenwriting Award of the 4th edition of the “Gulf of Naples Independent Film Festival” in Italy, marked by the participation of renowned films worldwide.

This feature film has also won two awards, the screenplay (Jihan El Bahar and Jamal El Khanoussi) and the best actor (Aziz Dadas) at the Figueira Film Art 2018 Festival which took place from August 27 to September 2 in Portugal, indicates a press release from the company “Je Films”.

This distinction is the result of the work of a coherent and homogeneous group despite the difficult conditions of the filming, said the filmmaker, noting that her visit to Italy was an appropriate occasion to examine the possibilities of a common production for her next film.

This film, which tells the story of a rich and arrogant woman who is forced to live with a poor family in the Atlas Mountains, is the first feature film by the director and has gathered a host of Moroccan actors, like Majdoulin El Idrissi. , Aziz Dadas, Mohamed Echoubi, Malek Akhmiss, Houda Sidqi and Fadwa Taleb.

Jihan El Bahar has participated in the writing of several sitcoms, including “Lalla Fatema”, “Dar Oumi Hnia” and “Yak Yak Hna Jiran”, TV series and movies, before taking up directing her first feature film.