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Arais Min Kassab

Fortnight 1982, Feature film,


ARAIS MIN KASSAB is not only a film about women, it is also about people who are subjected to any humiliations.
I chose to direct Farida Benlyazid screenplay bacause I found the subjetc beautiful, strong and consistent. Nothing in it is artificial nor invented, it is a news tiem which arouses indignation. I have never felt so concerned and I would have liked to say much more about what people are suffering: victims of the age old institutions that are customs and traditions which make man strong and sure of his rights.
But I consider my images are not the end either of my work or Farida’s words because we and many others are continuing to think about these questions. Jillali FERHATI


Jillali Ferhati

Born in Moroco, Jilali Frehati graduated in literature and sociology. He participated 10 years in the activities of the International Theatre of Paris, as an actor and director and directed 2 short films in the same period. He directed his first feature films: La plage des enfants perdus, then Chevaux de fortune and Tresses. He directe (and also performed) Une brèche dans le mur and Poupées de roseau, writen by his wife, Farida Benlyazid. In 2004, he directed Mémoire en détention that won a Grand prize by the 12th international Mediterranean film festival of Tétouan.

Title in Original Version : Poupées De Roseau