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Mokhtar Fresh off Dubai Win Set to Screen in Rotterdam

01-06-2011 02:25 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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Mokhtar screens this month at the International Film Festival Rotterdam

Mokhtar screens this month at the International Film Festival Rotterdam

Montreal – Mokhtar, a magical tale based on a true story screens at the 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam this January in the Netherlands. The film, which the Vancouver Observer describes as “an awesome little Canadian film” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Last year, director Halima Ouardiri was named Best Promising Filmmaker by the Vancouver International Film Festival. Mokhtar also snagged a spot on the Toronto Film Festival's end-of-the-year list for best films of 2010 in the short film category. And last month, Ouardiri won second prize in the short's category at the Dubai International Film Festival.

Born in Switzerland to a Swiss mother and Moroccan father, Ouardiri moved to Quebec to study political science and film production. Mokhtar, her debut film tells the tale of a young goat herder living with his family in a remote Berber village in Morocco. One day, the boy, Mokhtar, discovers an injured baby owl in the trunk of a tree his goats use for grazing.

Ignoring local superstitions about owls being bad omens, the young boy decides to bring the sick animal home. His new pet personifies Mokhtar's rebellion against his family and becomes a symbol of his fledgling independence. Kinship, religion and spirituality are the themes that guide this lyrical film that champions inner strength and the human spirit.

About EyeSteelFilm

EyeSteelFilm is a documentary film and interactive media company dedicated to using cinema as a catalyst for social and political change. The organization's mandate is to create and distribute films that empower people who are ignored by mainstream media. EyeSteelFilm was founded through making films with the homeless community. Over the years, EyeSteelFilm has collaborated with a wide range of partners including: The National Film Board of Canada, CBC, CTV, BBC, ZDF/ARTE, PBS and ITVS. In 2009, EyeSteelFilm was listed as a Realscreen magazine “Global 100” company.


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