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Sofia Alaoui wins the César for Best Short Film

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Franco-Moroccan director Sofia Alaoui won the César for Best Short film on Friday evening for “So What if the Goats Die?”, produced with the help of the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM).

Sofia Alaoui won the Best Short film award at the 46th Césars ceremony, organized at the Olympia, by the Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques. Produced by the Jiango Films company, with the support of the CCM, “So What if the Goats Die?” Tells (in Amazigh language) the story of Abdellah, a young shepherd and his father, who witness the death of their animals in the high Atlas Mountains. Abdellah has to stock up on food in a trading village more than a day’s walk away. With his mule, he arrives at the village and discovers that it is deserted because of a curious event that has upset all believers.

Released in 2019, the short film participated in the international competition of the Sundance Film Festival, in the United States (January-February 2020), winning the Grand Jury Prize. The film also participated in the official competition of the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (February 2020), the largest short film meeting in the world, before participating in the National Film Festival of Tangier (February-March 2020), then at the Sao Paolo International Short Film Festival (August 2020) and at the Namur International Francophone Film Festival (October 2020).

After the Caesars, “So What if the Goats Die?” will continue its successful career in April 2021 with its nomination by the Academy of Oscars.