Alyam Alyam captures the life of land workers in the Moroccan countryside. Young man Abdelwahad becomes the principal breadwinner of the family upon his father’s death and must look after his mother and siblings, whilst yearning to move abroad. What begins as a film about shattered dreams and the shaking of the traditional social structure is soon transformed into a poignant work about the love born out of suffering.
Focusing on the farmers’ faces, honoring their images, sounds, and words, preferring not to interfere but rather to portray each aspect equally, Alyam Alyam is an excellent introduction to Moroccan cinema and a beautiful film where the tribulations of hardworking people are presented with aesthetic sincerity and restraint and the colours of life emerge and speak in their full glory through silence.
The screening is part of the Liberating Cinema Film Series 2022. It will be followed by a Masterclass with the filmmaker Ahmed El Maanouni and Barbican Young programmer Emma Bouraba.
Thu, 22 Dec 2022
All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.
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