Memory in Detention

  • Mémoire en détention (Dhakira Mou'taqala)
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title : Dhakirah Mou'taqalah
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2004
Format : Feature
Running time : 94 (in minutes)

A young delinquent who has just come out of prison finds himself put to a difficult mission: to track a relative of an ex-detainee who lost his memory during the long years of his detention.Together they set off, but soon their quest becomes a painful return to their memories. Privileging a poetic approach over a historical one, Memory in Detention reflects on the trauma of a society recovering from years of violence and torture, but also from betrayal and from shame of what has come to be known as the "Leaden Years." Zoubeïr must come to terms with the fact that Mokhtar may have been responsible for his father's death, while Mokhtar has to unburden himself from the weight of the truth.

Language: Arabic (English subtitles).

Text and dialogue adaptation: Fatema Loukili 
Sound: Eric Vaucher 
Editing: Ali Benchekroun
Music: Ali & Hassan Souissi 
Directing assistant: Layla Triqui 
With : Mohamed MAROUAZI, Fatema LOUKILI, Jilali FERHATI, Raouia SAFIA, Ziani FATEMA, Hijji BENHIDA, Bouchaib EL AMRANI, Driss MAMOUN, Larbi EL YACOUBI, Abdelkader TABALI

Prizes : Cairo International Film Festival 2004 (Best Screenplay)
Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival 2005 (Grand Prix of the City of Tetouan, Grand Prize)
Rotterdam Arab Films Festival 2005 (Grand Prize)
Rabat International Film Festival 2005 (Special Jury Prize)

35mm, Dolby SR


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