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Meryem Benm’Barek’s Film “Sofia” appeals to audience in Cannes 

Written by FDM

The movie “Sofia” by Moroccan director Meryem Benm’Barek, received a thunderous applause in its first screening in Cannes, as part of its nomination in the “Un certain regard” category.

The movie “Sofia” seems to seduce the spectators of the Cannes Film Festival, as assured by the Huffington Post Morocco. After several successful short films, the director Meryem Benm’Barek competes with this first feature film for the Caméra d’or in the ” Un certain regard ” category.

It looks like the acting and the story simply charmed the audience. Meryem Benm’Barek has tackled the delicate topic of maternity out of wedlock. The movie tells the story of Sofia, played by Maha Alemi, known by her role in “Much Loved” by Nabil Ayouch,  has a denial of pregnancy and realizes that she is pregnant only a few hours before giving birth. Problem, she ends up giving birth outside of marriage, finding herself consequently in the illegality. The medical team gives her 24 hours to provide the papers of the father of the child, before alerting the authorities. With her cousin Lena, played by Sara Pearls, she will start the quest for this man. A desperate search that reveals a daily reality lived by 150 Moroccan single women giving birth every day in the country.