In 1981, before director Asmae El Moudir was born, a massacre occurred in the Casablanca neighbourhood where she later grew up. Police and the military shot hundreds of people who were protesting against rising food prices. Through the narrative device of a handmade diorama – a miniature replica of the people and places involved – El Moudir ingeniously reconstructs these events. By doing so, she gives an image – a tangibility – to a contested and largely unarchived historical moment. The resulting film is not a claim to collective truth but, by tracing a line between reality and fiction, a unique excavation of memory and inherited trauma.
Asmae El Moudir (born in 1990 in Salé) is a Moroccan film director, screenwriter andproducer. She studied at La Fémis in Paris and at the Superior Institute of Information and Communication in Rabat and holds a bachelor's degree indocumentary cinema from the Abdelmalek Essaâdi University in Tetouan. She also graduated in 2010 from the Moroccan Film Academy in Film studies (ISCA). THE MOTHER OF ALL LIES is her second feature film.