In My Father's House

Rachida El Garani
Morocco - Belgium

Synopsis

In My Father's House tells the story of a Belgian-Moroccan family seen through the eyes of the eldest daughter. Cradled between Moroccan and Western culture, director Rachida El Garani tries to find a way to heal the wounds of her past before it is too late – her 78-year-old father has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Documentary
1st feature
Production

Las Belgas (Belgium)
Jurgen Buedts

Co-production

Irisprod (Morocco)
Merieme Addou
irisprod3@gmail.com

Director’s statement

At the age of 16, I was married against my will to a man I didn't know. A few years later, I decided to break out of that forced and abusive union. I had no choice but to rebel against my father, break away from my family and leave Genk, my hometown, for good. Now suffering from Alzheimer's, my father claims he doesn't remember forcing me into this marriage. By making this film with him, 28 years after the fact, I will attempt to remind him of this painful chapter of my life, for which I would like to find closure before he loses his memory completely. The parallels in our divergent points of view will not fail to interest the spectator, who witnesses a long-severed relationship between a father and his daughter.

Biographies

Rachida El Garani
Rachida El Garani
Director

Rachida El Garani entered film school in 2011 at the age of 36, studying Audio-visual Arts at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema and Sound in Brussels. Over the course of her studies, she made several narrative and experimental short films as well as documentaries, addressing topical social issues such as gender equality, migration, human rights and diversity. In June 2015, she received her Master’s degree with high distinction for her documentary film, Into Darkness. The film had its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.

Merieme Addou
Merieme Addou
Peoducer

Having obtained a bachelor's degree in Private Law from the Mohammed V Agdal University and a Master's degree in Documentary Cinema from Abdelmalek Essaadi University, Tetoan, Merieme Addou began her career in cinema and television as a production manager. In 2006, she participated in the shooting of numerous documentary films for several television channels, including ADTV, Qatar TV, BBC 2, Radio 4, CBC/Radio Canada, Fox News, NPR USA, CNN, BBC World and SABC. Between May 2006 and November 2011, she worked as a correspondent for DW Radio and as a production manager for the BBC.

Total budget

€279 500

Financing secured

€90 000

Partners attached

2M, Doha Film Institute, VAF 

Shooting period and locations

Février, août 2021, Maroc, Belgique

Expected delivery

March 2022

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Financing, broadcasters, distributors

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