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SLEEPING CHILD, THE

Belgium / Morocco, 2004 (MIFF 2007, Africa! Africa!)

Director: Yasmine Kassari

SLEEPING CHILD, THE

A film about the African/European immigration issue as viewed from the other side of the equation - by the women left behind when their husbands leave to seek employment in Europe. Shortly following their wedding, Zeinab's husband leaves the tiny, rural community where they live, travelling to Spain with the other men of the village to seek work illegally. Only the women remain, scratching out a back-breaking living in the fields while awaiting the men's return. After discovering she is pregnant, Zeinab uses folk magic to put her unborn child to sleep in order to have her husband present for the birth. But as the months pass, the prospect of her husband's return begins to seem increasingly remote.

D/S Yasmine Kassari P Jean-Jacques Andrien WS Antonin Andrien L English, Arabic w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2004/95mins

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