The Ben Youssef family migrates every year from the desert-like landscape of Nkob to the green pastures of Igourdane. With their goats (number around 800) , donkeys, mules, camels and dogs, each summer they embark on a formidable journey of resilience by foot. Overcoming difficult weather conditions with hot and dry days and cold nights, with limited access to food and water, the family makes their way through uneven terrain with steep climbs and descents, to reach the agdal before the official opening where all the right holders are allowed to take their livestock into the pastures. As part of this traditional system of communal natural resource management, the Ait Atta tribe preserves their ancestral right of access to the agdal dating back hundreds of years, even if it is often times denied and challenged by the villagers settled around. A sensorial ethnographic film on the incredible movement and (im)mobilities of the family and their herd, the film juxtaposes the hopes and constraints, obligations and sacrifices of a family torn apart between their traditions and their need to adapt to modern life. Stretching over the past, present and the future, the film provides an untimely intergenerational perspective on the essence and the very challenges of nomadism within an ever transforming Moroccan society.
2021 Best Documentary Awards, London, UK Dec.
2021 International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő - Nature and Environmental Protection Festival , 28 May Budapest, Hungary
2021 Moscow International Festival of Visual Anthropology “ Mediating Camera” , Ait Atta: Nomads of the High Atlas, 11-16 May, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
2021 Global Lift Off Screenings, Pinewood Studios in the UK and Raleigh Studios in Hollywood ,USA.
2021 Oniros, Film Festival New York, New York USA.
2021 BARCIFF Barcelona Indie Filmmakers Fest, nominated for best feature
2020 Mediterranean Films Festival, Cannes, France November.
2020 ETHNOKINO Visual Anthropology Film Screenings, Bern, Switzerland.