Layla, a little girl from Chaouen, is a daydreamer with a fertile imagination. Within her is Sayda L Hora, a queen of the XVIth century who dominated the North of Morocco until Gibraltar. She falls sick and her worried mother decided to take her to Tétuan for treatment. One evening, she discovers that all women in the house go to take fresh air on the terrace; she does not understand what attracts them. She joins her cousin Tariq, standing against the balustrade and that is there that Layla, filled with wonder, discovers the cinema. From the terrace, the screen of a cinema in the open air could be seen, showing an Egyptian film. When she returned to Chaouen, Layla imagines scenes in which she is the queen and Tariq the prince.
a film by Farida BENLYAZID
STARRING Amina Rachid, Fatima Loukili, Mouna Fettou, Yara Ghafiri
Morocco, 1995, short narrative, 17 mins
Segment of the collective film CINQ FILMS POUR CENT ANS / FIVE FILMS FOR A HUNDRED YEARS
Five episodes directed by Farida Benlyazid, Jillali Ferhati, Hakim Noury, Aldelkader Lagtaâ and Omar Chraïbi.
Each filmmaker draws from his imagination and from his/her memories: the first screenings, prohibition by the parents, the magic lantern, cinema lessons by french cinema-loving teachers at the university.
على الشرفة / SUR LA TERRASSE / ON THE TERRACE
Duration: 17 mins
Director: Farida Benlyazid
Cinematographer: Kamal Derkaoui
Sound: Faouzi Thabet
Editors: M. Meziane, A. Sefrioui, K. Bornaz
Music: Takht Diwan
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Festival of Mediterranean Short Film of Tangier 2002 (TANGIER, Morocco)
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