The Healer

Director: Mohamed Zineddine
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The film describes the cultural transformation in the Moroccan society because of poverty.
The film won four awards including Best Actress at the Malmo Arab Film Festival and the Jury Award at the Tangier National Film Festival.
The film is Morocco's most award-winning film of 2019
The Healer  Poster
2018/ Morocco - Italy - Qatar 110 min/ Drama
Original Title
Mbarka (La Guérisseuse)
On the outskirts of Khouribga, a mining town exploiting phosphates, a 16-year old teenager, Abdou, is anxious to regain the gift of human dignity through learning how to read and write. His adoptive mother Mbarka, the neighborhood’s healer, protects her privileged status with ways that the laws of obscurantism allow her. Ch’Aayba, a 30-year old guy, uncontrollable and ferociously cynical, is an eccentric pickpocket. Suffering from a skin disease, Abdou convinces him to come see Mbarka in order to get treatment for it.
Ahmed Moustafid
Fatima Atif
Mehdi Laarroubi
Hanane Elkabani
Screenwriter: Olivier Bombarda
Mohamed Zineddaine
DOP: Luca Coassin
Editor: Devin Eric
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Production Company(ies)
Ouarzazate Films
Rachida Saadi
film festivals
Festival International du Film de Marrakech, Morocco
Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF), Egypt
Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden
Arab Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
Karama Human Rights Film Festival (HRFF), Jordan
Mostra de València - Cinema del Mediterrani, Spain
Festival du Cinéma Africain de Khouribga (FCAK), Morocco
Tangier National Film Festival, Morocco
Marrakech International Film Festival, Morocco
Arab Film Festival Zurich, Switzerland
Cinémas du Sud Festival, France
film awards
Best Actress at the Malmo Arab Film Festival, Sweden
Best Female Performance, Best Male Performance, and Jury Award at the Tangier National Film Festival, Morocco
Grand Prix at the Festival Maghrébin du Film OUJDA, Morocco