Athens Int’l FF (2023) – Winner: Golden Athena: Best Documentary

Beirut Int’l Women FF (2024) – Nominated: Golden Tanit of Beirut: Best International Feature Documentary

Bergen Int’l FF (2023) – Winner: Documentaire Extraordinaire

Cannes Film Festival (2023) – Winner: Golden Eye, Un Certain Regard: Best Director

Cleveland Int’l FF (2024) – Nominated: Ad Hoc Docs Competition

DOC NYC (2023) – Winner: Cinematography Award Short List: Features

Dokufest Int’l Doc and Short FF (2023) – Nominated: International Dox Award

Durban Int’l FF (2023) – Winner: Best Documentary Feature

Film Independent Spirit Awards (2024) – Nominated: Independent Spirit Award: Best Documentary

International Cinephile Society Awards (2024) – Winner: ICS Award: Best Documentary

International Documentary Association (2024) – Nominated: IDA Award: Best Writing, Best Feature Documentary

International Documentary Association (2024) – Winner: IDA Award: Best Director

Marrakech Int’l FF (2023) – Nominated: Golden Star: Best Feature Film

Montpellier Mediterranean FF (2023) – Nominated: Panorama Award: Longs Métrages

Palm Springs Int’l FF (2024) – Nominated: Best Documentary; FIPRESCI Prize: Best Foreign Language Film

PGA Awards (2024) – Nominated: Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures

Sydney FF (2023) – Winner: Sydney Film Prize: Best Film

The Hague Movies that Matter Festival (2024) – Winner: Grand Jury Documentary Award: Best Documentary

Valladolid Int’l FF (2023) – Winner: Audience Award: Tiempo de Historia

Feature International

Screenings – CT

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Film Poster

In this remarkable fusing of the documentary and memoir form, young Moroccan filmmaker Asmae El Moudir uses a miniature reproduction of the Casablanca neighbourhood she grew up in to reconstruct her memories of living under the iron rule of a grandmother so religiously devout that photographs were prohibited because they are haram. Inventively blending shots of the puppet stage with live footage, the film does a terrific job of evoking the viscerality of adolescence, despite the slight crudeness of the puppets and their world—perhaps even because of it. El Moudir’s luminous film harnesses the documentary form as a powerful medium to tell our personal stories. But Mother of All Lies is about more than a fundamentalist grandmother and the curious relationship between religious belief and the power of images. It is also about how fundamentalism—in all its forms—constrains our true selves and potentials.

Courtesy of Al Jazeera Documentary