Family in Exile
Film by fatima Matousse

    Family in Exile


    Family in Exile is an intimate documentary, set in Morocco, about the conflicts within the filmmaker’s family. It is a daughter's quest to understand her father’s refusal, over many years, to interact with her and her mother. Through a series of revealing conversations with family members, stories touching on gender tensions, religious beliefs, and parent/child relationships are evoked. It is a personal visual letter of resistance by a daughter to a dictatorial father.


    Writer/Director/Producer: Fatima Matousse
    Assistant Director: Fatima Hajbi
    Co-Producer: Soufiane Idelcadi, Mohammed Ambribet
    Director of Photography: Fatima Matousse
    Audio Recordists: Fatima Hajbi, Fatima Matousse
    Production Assistants: Hassna Zakir, Fatima Hajbi
    Editor: Fatima Matousse
    Graphic Design: Hicham Boujja
    Colorist: Hicham Boujja
    Sound Designer: Quentin Chiappetta
    Translation: Fatima Matousse
    Voice-over recordist: Hatim Belyamani
    CCNY Advisors: Andrea Weiss, Babak Rassi, Antonio Tibaldi
    Sponsored by: Fulbright


    Aicha Saadouni
    Fatima Ait Abdelmoumen
    Hassna Zakir


    Fatima Matousse is a Moroccan independent filmmaker studying an MFA in Documentary Film at the City College of New York. After spending several years working as a program manager for several Non-Profit Organizations in Morocco, Fatima decided to become a visual storyteller. She obtained the Fulbright Scholarship to travel to New York to pursue her career. Over the past years, Fatima won several grants that allowed her to participate in various trainings in Turkey, Germany, and the U.S.A. Matousse holds an MA in Cultural and Media Studies from Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University in Fez which concluded with a thesis titled “Rewriting Her Story Through Documentary films: A Feminist and Postcolonial Approach to Ali Essafi and Dalila Ennadre's Documentaries” where she focused on the history of marginalized women in Morocco. Fatima is currently in post-production for her film debut titled Family in Exile which chronicles stories within her own family.

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