The Red Sea International Film Festival (RedSeaIFF) has selected ‘The Mother Of All Lies,’ a film by Moroccan filmmaker Asmae El Moudir, for its Festival Favourites segment. The film festival’s third edition is set to take place from November 30 to December 9, 2023.
Selected as Morocco’s official submission for the Best International Feature category at the 2024 Oscars, ‘The Mother Of All Lies’ recently premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes, earning the section’s best director prize.
The Mother Of All Lies is a hybrid documentary influenced by the historic bread riots in El Moudir’s hometown of Casablanca in 1981. The film not only made waves at Cannes but also clinched the coveted L’Oeil d’Or (Golden Eye) prize for Best Documentary, sharing this honour with Tunisian filmmaker Kaouther Ben Hania’s Four Daughters, which serves as Tunisia’s submission for the Oscars this year.
In The Mother of All Lies, El Moudir explores her family’s history and the stories and lies surrounding the upheaval and violence of the 1981 Bread Riots in Casablanca. With no archive footage or even photographs to draw on, she painstakingly recreates, from memory, her family’s old apartment and the old Casablanca neighbourhood in the form of a miniature set on a soundstage, with figurines to represent her family members.
The film is directed, written, produced and edited by El Moudir. Egypt’s Marc Lotfy contributed as a co-producer through his Fig Leaf Studios company.