Directed by: Halima Ouardiri
Script: Halima Ouardiri
Director of photography: Anna Cooley
Editor: Xi Feng
Music by: N/A
Country: Canada, Morocco
Premier date: November, 2019
In a stray-dog refuge in Morocco, time seems to stand still for the 750 animals waiting to be adopted, their lives following a precise, monotonous routine.
Swiss – Moroccan writer / director Halima Ouardiri is a graduate of Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montreal, Canada. Her first film Mokhtar was acclaimed in a hundred international festivals such as Toronto, Berlin, Rotterdam and Dubai, before being broadcasted on various TV channels (France 3, CBC, TSR). The film won numerous Best Director Awards and Best Film Awards. It was shot on super-16mm in the remote countryside of Morocco near Agadir, starring local villagers, many goats, and an owl. Of all the cast, only the owl was trained as an actor. Clebs, her new documentary shot in Morocco, had its international premiere in the Generation Competition of the Berlinale 2020 where it won the Crystal Bear and the Special Jury Awards after winning the Best Canadian Short-Film Award at FICFA 2019. Halima is now developing her first feature, The Camel Driving School, winner of the Groupe Ouest Annual Selection 2017 and produced by Indie Prod (France).